High-flying Germans out to down Danes

High-flying Germans out to down Danes
Gdansk, Jun 15: After two wins already at Euro 2012, a confident Germany are aiming to beat Denmark tomorrow in Lviv to finish top of Group B and set up a quarter-final near their base here in Gdansk.

Having twice flown to the Ukraine for their respective wins against Portugal and Holland, Germany return to Lviv aiming to beat the Danes and book their place in the Gdansk quarter-final against the Group A runner-up.

The Germans still need a point to qualify with the Group B runner-up facing a last eight clash in Warsaw on Thursday against the winner of Group A. With three goals at Euro 2012, including two against Holland and the winning header against Portugal, Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has finally converted his impressive club form to German colours.

"The good thing with Mario is that he needs almost zero chances and still scores," said Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who described Gomez's goals as a "precious commodity" for the Germans.

Following their shock win over Holland and 3-2 defeat to Portugal, victory against Germany should put Denmark in the quarter-finals, but a draw would be enough if the Netherlands beat Portugal in the other group match in Kharkiv.

But Schweinsteiger and Germany have other ideas. "We can approach the final game against Denmark with a lot of self-confidence - every victory gives you an extra push," said the 27-year-old.

"We definitely want to win that game against Denmark." Germany coach Joachim Loew said his side have their destiny in their own hands after two wins in the "Group of Death". "I think we've opened the door to the quarter-finals. It's now in our hands to make everything clear on Sunday," he said.


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