Launched in 1982 with qualifying, there have been 12 editions of the Women’s European Championships, not including Euro 2022 – from the inaugural 1984 tournament in Sweden to 2017’s showcase in Netherlands. Of those 12 tournaments, Germany have won eight times, including a streak of six from 1995 to 2013. Last time out their reign was ended by Denmark in the quarter-finals, so there may be some added motivation in Brentford on Friday night.
As was expected, Germany cruised through their qualifying campaign, placed in a group alongside Ukraine, Ireland, Greece and Montenegro. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side won all eight of their qualifying matches and conceded just one goal, in a 3-1 win over Ireland that was their smallest margin of victory. However, Germany haven’t had the best of times in 2022, winning just two of their six games alongside three defeats, including a 3-2 loss against Serbia in World Cup qualifying. They did thrash Switzerland 7-0 in their only pre-Euro 2022 friendly though.
Denmark’s quarter-final defeat of Germany in 2017 came en route to the final, but the Danes couldn’t get over the line, finishing runners-up to hosts Netherlands. Fast forward to qualifying for Euro 2022 and Denmark had a pretty close fight at the top of their qualifying group, put alongside Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Israel and Georgia.
In the end, Denmark’s two games against Italy would be the deciding factor of the group and Denmark’s four points were enough to secure top spot – an overall record of nine wins and one draw from 10 matches with just one goal conceded. Denmark have also had a decent build to Euro 2022 if we ignore the Algarve Cup when they were severely affected by Covid, winning four games in a row including a 2-1 victory over Brazil, before the recent defeat to Norway.
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Germany Women vs Denmark Women match stats
Germany have a boatload of attacking stars including Tabea Waßmuth who made the Champions League her own last season. But Lea Schüller is the real danger woman for Germany and has a solid record for her national team, scoring 25 goals in 39 games, while also netting 16 in the 2021/22 Bundesliga.
Both of these sides may have conceded just one goal in qualifying for the Euros, but they also scored a lot, and have shown some signs of defensive frailties against the bigger teams. Germany have kept just two clean sheets in six games this year, while Denmark haven’t shut an opponent out in their past three (also two clean sheets in six).
Germany Women vs Denmark Women: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Germany Women 2-1 Denmark Women