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Ilkay Gündogan’s Germany advance to Euro 2024 quarter-finals thanks to wild win over Andreas Christensen’s Denmark

The only duel between Barcelona stars at the Euro 2024 Round of 16 ended with a win for Ilkay Gündogan and Marc-André ter Stegen booked a place in the quarter-finals thanks to a wild 2-0 win over Andreas Christensen and Denmark on Saturday night in Dortmund. A crazy game with great highlights, plenty of refereeing controversy and even a weather delay finished with a German win, and the hosts will face the winner of Sunday’s clash between Spain and Georgia in the Last Eight.

Germany made a fantastic start to the game, blitzing the Danes in the first 10 minutes with great passing, plenty of shots on goal and a lot of dangerous set pieces, including a corner that resulted in a would-be Nico Schlotterbeck goal after just three minutes if not for a foul on Joshua Kimmich in the buildup.

The Mannschaft failed to capitalize on their brilliant beginning, however, and Denmark slowly grew into the game by controlling more of the possession and getting Christian Eriksen involved in the action. While there were no big chances for Denmark they successfully slowed down the German momentum, and were enjoying their best period in the game after the half-hour mark.

Then came a near 25-minute weather delay due to lightning and hailstorms in the stadium, and the two teams went into the dressing rooms and then came back out to complete the final 10 minutes of the half, which had one big chance by Kai Havertz that produced a great save from Kasper Schmeichel.

The halftime whistle came after a very eventful first half that had literally everything except a goal, but there was plenty of promise for more entertainment in the final period.

The first eight minutes of the second half were absolute chaos: Denmark thought they’d taken a shocking lead when Joachim Andersen fired it home from a set piece, but the goal was disallowed by VAR for a controversial offside; then VAR got involved again and Andersen was called for a controversial handball on the other hand, and Havertz scored the penalty to give Germany the lead after an insane start to the final period.

Gündogan’s quiet night ended at the hour mark when the captain was replaced as part of a double change from Julian Nagelsmann, and a few minutes after those changes came Germany’s second goal as a long ball from the back released Jamal Musiala all alone down the left, and the Bayern Munich youngster showed great composure to find the bottom corner and double the German advantage.

Denmark couldn’t score a late goal to create some drama at the end, and the final whistle came to end a crazy night in Dortmund that went Germany’s way after a lot of fun, some real controversy and literal thunder and lightning. The Danes fought hard and will feel truly aggrieved about the two VAR decisions that went against them, but Germany were the better side and probably deserved it at the end of a crazy night.

The prospect of a Germany-Spain quarter-final is now very close to becoming reality, and that could be a special game if La Roja do their job on Sunday.

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