Germany outclassed Denmark in the first European Championship match, Spain beats Finland

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European Championship: view the summary of Germany – Denmark

The German footballers have cemented their status as favorites for the European Championship title with a stunning victory over Denmark (4-0). Spain also recorded a convincing victory, beating Finland 4-1.

The German storm started to rage in the first half. That led to several great opportunities, but the crossbar and Danish keeper Lene Christensen stood in the way. In the twentieth minute, Lina Magull managed to break the spell. She captured the ball and shot hard from about thirteen meters from the goal. Denmark got no further than a few pinpricks.

In the second half, Germany was able to capitalize on the dominance in the field. The second goal came five minutes after the break. Lea Schüller headed in from close range from a corner. Christensen didn’t look good on this goal. The 3-0 seemed to fall more than fifteen minutes before the end, but Jule Brand’s goal was rejected due to offside.

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Lea Schüller shoots, Stine Pedersen tries to block the shot

Four minutes later, the third German goal was scored. After a free kick, the ball came through a Danish head at the feet of Lena Lattwein, who then had plenty of time to take it and shoot it in. The fourth goal was made five minutes before the end by Felicitas Rauch. She headed in a nice cross through a pike dive.

The Danish Kathrine Kühl took her second yellow card in the final seconds and had to leave the field. She also misses Tuesday’s game against Finland.

Spain

The football players of Spain have started the European Championship well despite a preparation full of setbacks. Finland was beaten 4-1 in Milton Keynes.

European Championship: view the summary of Spain – Finland

Spain faced some setbacks in the run-up to the match. Star player Alèxia Putellas (FC Barcelona) tore her cruciate ligaments in training earlier this week. A week earlier it was announced that top scorer Jennifer Hermoso had to drop out, also due to a knee injury.

Despite this, Spain was still the favorite for the win against Finland. Although this was not visible in the absolute beginning of the match. Finland, which lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in an exhibition game last week, took the lead within a minute. Striker Linda Sällström was able to approach the enemy’s goal alone after a splitting pass, which was given from her own half, and shot the ball into the corner.

After that, the Spaniards were there with their heads. After a number of good chances for Spain, the equalizer came in the 25th minute. Irene Paredes headed the ball hard into the goal from a corner. Five minutes before the halftime signal, a header was again hit: a measured cross by María Pilar León was controlled by Aitana Bonmati.

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The Spanish players are thinking of their injured teammate Alèxia Putellas

In the second half, Spain took it easy and the victory was no longer in danger. However, two more goals were scored. León was also the informant in the third goal. She served fifteen minutes for Lucia Garcia who – how could it be otherwise – scored from a header.

Spain’s fourth and final goal was made with the foot. Mariona Caldentey shot flawlessly from a penalty kick. The referee immediately whistled after this action.

Germany and Spain play against each other on Tuesday evening at 9 pm. Denmark and Finland will compete against each other at 6:00 PM on that day.