Denmark caused the upset of EURO2017 by eliminating Germany, who had won all the last six finals.
That seemed the most unlikely of outcomes early on in the second quarter-final, which finally got underway after a third pre-match warm-up, following the previous evening’s rain-drenched fiasco.
Just 3 minutes in and Danish keeper Stine Lykke Petersen made a horrible error, spooning Isobel Kerschowski’s effort into her own net instead of over the crossbar.
The Danish keeper did then regain confidence by saving from Dzsenifer Marozsán and after Pernille Harder shot narrowly wide at the other end, Petersen twice dived to push away Kristin Demann strikes.
Theresa Nielsen caused a little panic in the German defence with her dangerous ball across and soon after Harder didn’t make the most of a clear chance on goal, firing tamely at keeper Almuth Shult.
Sanne Troelsgaard forced Shult into a tip over but Nadia Nadim headed too high from the corner and with the last kick of the half, Marozsán fired inches over the bar from 25 yards out.
Just over 3 minutes into the second half, Germany paid the price for not playing to the whistle, Stine Larsen continuing with play whilst the holders stopped and crossing for Nadim’s downward header to level the scores.
With several chances at both ends, Linda Dallmann was denied by Petersen either side of Katrine Veje clipping the angle when she should have put the Danes in front.
Anja Mittag headed over the bar from Sara Dabritz’s cross and Lina Magull’s shot was deflected only just wide of the Danish goal, as the holders threatened.
But with 8 minutes to go, Nielsen headed in Frederikke Thøgersen cross and Germany could not find a reply.
Denmark will now face either Austria or Spain for a place in the final.
Pictured – Nadia Nadim and Linda Dallmann (@DFB_Frauen)