Germany Euro 2012 Focus – Denmark the obstacle

Germany take on Denmark in Lviv in their final Group B match this evening, in the knowledge a draw would see them top the group and secure qualification to the knockout stages.

Die Mannschaft are expecting Denmark to try and keep the game tight: Mesut ?zil saying: “Portugal were very defensive with eight, nine men at times [behind the ball] and Denmark will set up similarly. That can be difficult for us but we have the potential and ability to break through that like we showed in the last two games”.

Germany should be confident, being the only team in the tournament to win their first two games. A loss could complicate matters, with various scenarios resulting, yet as assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick stated, Germany are focusing on the matter in hand: “Of course we need to know about it, but we are not thinking about that yet because everything is in our own hands. We have six points against two very strong opponents and no other team have two wins so far. We have got an optimal return and we now need a good performance over 90 minutes against Denmark and then we will have taken the step that we all wanted. We have six points, no more and no less, and it is important we beat Denmark to win the group so that we can play the next game in Gdansk.”

As Flick mentions, Germany have taken six points from the two teams expected to rival them in the Group, with striker Mario Gomez answering some critics [who may have expected Miroslav Klose to start] with his goals against the Dutch. His manager, Joachim L


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