Euro 2012: Germany keeps 100% record


Germany's Lars Bender

Lars Bender (photo) scored the winner 10 minutes from time as Germany took their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as convincing winners of Group B.

The 23-year-old Bayer Leverkusen player poked in late on to end Denmark’s dream of repeating their heroics of 1992.

Germany had taken a 19th-minute lead through Lukas Podolski, only for Michael Krohn-Dehli to head in six minutes later and give Denmark hope.

Germany, who qualify with a 100% record, play Greece in the last eight.

For much of this game, this was a dominant display by Germany, inspired by Sami Khedira’s midfield generalship, Thomas Mueller’s prodigious work on the wings and a workrate and ambition that glowed throughout the team.

The long journeys from Germany’s team base in Poland to Ukraine have not gone down well with the squad but having topped the group with victory in Lviv, they have earned a quarter-final in Gdansk, the city where they are based.