Denmark stun holders Germany to reach Euro 2017 semi-finals

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 30, 2017

But second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen handed Denmark a stunning comeback victory in a match which was postponed yesterday due to heavy rain in Rotterdam.

The Olympic champions - ranked second in the world - created plenty of chances but were also frequently opened up at the back by a Denmark side who, after a nervy start, became increasingly risky.

After the break, Germany hesitated when they thought they had conceded a free-kick only for the referee to play an advantage that Denmark took, with Portland Thorns forward Nadim jumping well at the far post to nod in the equaliser.

Kerschowski's early strike, misjudged by keeper Stina Lykke Petersen, had seemed likely to herald a dominant performance by Germany, but they failed to capitalise on a hesitant start by their opponents.

Another right-wing cross found Nielsen unmarked in the Germany penalty area on 83 minutes and she headed in to spark wild Danish celebrations.

That meant the quarter-final was one of three to take place on Sunday.

Denmark will next put that to the test on Thursday August 3 against the victor of tonight's quarter between Austria and Spain.

The hosts advance to the last four, where they could face England in a repeat of the 2009 semi-final, which England won in extra-time.

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