Germany beats Denmark 2-0 to advance to Euro 2024 quarterfinals after storm stops play (2024)

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Let that patriotic fervor soar. Host nation Germany is headed to the quarterfinals at the European Championship after a wet and wild win over Denmark on Saturday.

“We’re going to Berlin,” sang the jubilant Germany fans who were first battered by rain and hail after a thunderstorm that stopped play for 25 minutes, then saw their team benefit from back-to-back video review calls that helped to set up a 2-0 victory in Dortmund.

Two more wins will take Germany to the capital for the July 14 final, in what could yet turn into a summer fairy tale for a nation whose soccer team is coming out of a sorry run of performances in major tournaments.

It could have been so different against the Danes, though.

The host-nation buzz was burst when, with the score at 0-0, Denmark defender Joachim Andersen swept home a close-range finish that looked to have put his team ahead in the 50th minute. The Video Assistant Referee spotted an offside in the buildup, a free kick was awarded and the ball was played downfield immediately, leading to a cross by David Raum hitting the outstretched right arm of — who else? — Andersen.

The VAR got involved again and a penalty was awarded. Kai Havertz converted the spot kick and Jamal Musiala added a second goal — his third of the tournament, which is tied for the most with Georgia’s Georges Mikautadze — in the 68th.


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“We played a super game — we had crazy fans again today,” Germany defender Nico Schlotterbeck said. “We’re playing with euphoria, we’re playing with fun, and that’s what the most beautiful thing about football is.”

It was Germany’s first win in the knockout stage of a major tournament since 2016, since when the national team has failed to advance from the group stage at back-to-back World Cups and lost in the last 16 of the last Euros in 2021 to England.

Germany will play Spain or Georgia next and became the second team to advance from the round of 16, after Switzerland beat defending champion Italy 2-0 earlier Saturday.

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann told German broadcaster ZDF that he used the rain delay to show his players incidents from the first half-hour of the game which his team dominated, playing the most soccer of the tournament, in his opinion.

Indeed, the players were able to head into the confines of the locker room while thunder, lightning and torrential rain struck, leaving spectators in the front rows particularly exposed as they scrambled higher in the stands. Many used black-yellow-and-red flags they had waved before the match, to welcome the players onto the field, as makeshift umbrellas.

“Oh, how lovely it is,” some sang, and a few Danish supporters danced in waterfalls in the stands.

There was about a 20-minute delay before the rain relented and players re-emerged, undertaking warmups before play resumed a few minutes later. The pitch held up well in the circ*mstances.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand was left to rue those crucial couple of minutes when the big VAR decisions were made.

“I have the photo here,” he said, whipping out his phone at the post-match news conference. “It was one centimeter (offside). In terms of statistics and data, it doesn’t makes sense. This is not how we are supposed to be using VAR.

“And I am so tired of the ridiculous handball rule. Joachim was running normally. It’s a normal situation.”

Nagelsmann sympathized with Hjulmand, saying: “I would also be annoyed if it was the other way round.”

However, it’s Denmark going home and Germany heading to Stuttgart on Friday.

“It was a wild game altogether,” Nagelsmann said.

“We came through adversity in those seconds where it was, ‘Was it a goal or not a goal?’ and ‘Was it handball or not a handball?’ That makes me proud. The team deserves it and hopefully we are getting rid of the old memory stick and understand how good we actually are.”


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Germany beats Denmark 2-0 to advance to Euro 2024 quarterfinals after storm stops play (2024)


Germany beats Denmark 2-0 to advance to Euro 2024 quarterfinals after storm stops play? ›

“We're going to Berlin,” sang the jubilant Germany fans who were first battered by rain and hail after a thunderstorm that stopped play for 25 minutes, then saw their team benefit from back-to-back video review calls that helped to set up a 2-0 victory in Dortmund.

Why was the Germany-Denmark game stopped? ›

Denmark players did not want to keep playing when lightning continuously flashed across the sky at Borussia Dortmund Stadium. The referee then stopped the match so the two teams could return to the locker room.

Why did Germany vs. Denmark get suspended? ›

The Euro 2024 last-16 tie between Germany and Denmark was suspended amid extraordinary conditions after a lightning storm erupted in Dortmund.

When and where is Euro 2024? ›

The UEFA EURO 2024 final takes place in Berlin on Sunday 14 July, kicking off at 21:00.

Why did Denmark surrender to Germany so quickly? ›


At the same time heavy bombardment of the Danish cities and towns was feared. Therefore after only a few hours it was decided to surrender.

Why didn't Germany take over Denmark? ›

Because its army and navy were so small, Denmark did not fight the invasion; German leaders were pleased, and they decided to let the government of Denmark continue to function normally. Germany allowed Denmark to keep its king, its government, and its military.

Is Turkey still in the Euro 2024? ›

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Is Ronaldo in Euro 2024? ›

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How many teams are left in euros in 2024? ›

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Does Germany pay in euros? ›

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What is the euro called in Germany? ›

The currency in Germany is the euro. Each euro is divided into 100 cents. When you're buying currency for Germany, look out for the currency code EUR. And once you're in Germany, you'll see the symbol € used to show prices.

How much are EURO 2024 tickets? ›

In the Quarter-finals the prices will be from €60 to €300, with the Semi-final tickets being from €80 to €600. For the final, tickets will range from €95 all the way up to €1,000.

Why is the Germany vs Denmark game interrupted today? ›

The round of 16 match between Germany and Denmark was stopped after the half-hour mark by the referee after lightning struck over the stadium in Dortmund on Saturday.

Why is the Germany game suspended today? ›

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Why was Denmark goal disallowed? ›

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Why is the Germany match delayed? ›

UEFA European Championship

The match at the BVB Stadion in Dortmund was delayed for close to 30 minutes after a storm caused heavy rain and lightning strikes. Germany will now travel to Stuttgart for a quarterfinal against either Spain or Georgia.


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