Germany overcome Denmark to reach round of 16 Euro 2024

Germany overcame Denmark and adverse weather conditions that saw play suspended to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

Second-half goals from Kai Havertz – a penalty after Denmark had an effort ruled out by VAR for offside moments earlier – and Jamal Musiala gave the hosts a 2-0 win and a place against Spain or Georgia in the last eight.

But that was not the whole story on a dramatic and stormy night in Dortmund when English referee Michael Oliver took the players from the field after 35 minutes due to thunder and lightning.

There was a 24-minute delay before the action resumed in front of soaked supporters, who had tried to protect themselves from torrential rain under makeshift covers.

Germany had the ball in the net inside four minutes as centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck rose to meet Toni Kroos’ corner and beat Kasper Schmeichel with a towering header.

But the eagle-eyed Oliver spotted that Joshua Kimmich had blocked off Schlotterbeck’s marker Andreas Skov Olsen and correctly disallowed the goal.

It was one-way traffic as Denmark’s box was besieged, with Schmeichel denying Kimmich, Schlotterbeck and Havertz with full-stretch saves inside the opening 10 minutes.

Robert Andrich headed another Kroos corner straight at Schmeichel and Musiala drove wide, and it seemed simply a matter of time before Germany would score.

But Denmark gradually established a foothold as Christian Eriksen and Joakim Maehle went close before the skies darkened and loud thunder claps and lightning filled the air.

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