Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez is currently the tournament's joint-top scorer with 3 goals from two games Reuters

As predicted, the 2012 European Championship's Group of Death - Group B - is producing some very entertaining football and, heading into the final round of games, any of the four teams in the group could still qualify for the quarterfinals. Group leaders and former champions Germany are perhaps the closest to the quarters, courtesy of wins in their first two games but they could still find themselves beaten to a final eight position.


Joachim Low's side will face Denmark knowing that if they lose to the Danes and the Portuguese beat Holland in the other game, they, along with the Danes and the Portuguese will be tied on six points. According to tournament rules, the first point of differentiation will be points earned between the teams tied. However, it could turn out to be an entertainingly confounding point, given that each of these three teams will have one win and one defeat to the other two, meaning each, again, will be tied on three points. In that eventuality, UEFA then decrees goal difference in games involving the tied teams be used to determine a winner.

At this point things are a little rosier for the Germans - they have a positive goal difference of two, while Portugal and Denmark are at zero. That effectively means as long as they don't lose by more than a single goal and Portugal do not beat Holland, they should be all right to go through.

Denmark, meanwhile, need to win to have any hope of progressing and must also hope Holland can beat Portugal or, at the very least, hold Cristiano Ronaldo and co. to a draw.

Team News and Tactics:

Germany: Low, who has no injury concerns, will likely continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has worked excellently over the past few years. In addition, given the slightly precarious nature of the group, he is expected to field the same line-up that won against Portugal and Holland. The only change - a forced one - will be a replacement for right back Jerome Boateng, who will be suspended for a game after collecting his second booking of the tournament. Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes or Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender could fill in for Boateng at right-back. Alternatively, Low could switch captain Philipp Lahm to the right and bring in Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer on the opposite flank.

Denmark: Morten Olsen will deploy the 4-2-3-1 formation that won him the game against Holland and almost earned a point against Portugal. The Danes will miss the services of winger Dennis Rommedahl, who has been ruled out with a hamstring problem. Tobias Mikkelsen, who came on for Rommedahl in the last game, could be handed a start ahead of Ajax's Lasse Schone. Midfielder Niki Zimling is also a doubt and faces a late fitness test, with Jakob Poulsen waiting as his back-up.


  • Denmark are unbeaten against Germany in three games, having won their last two
  • The Danes have never lost a European Championship game after scoring first
  • Germany's last competitive meeting with Denmark was in the final of Euro 1992 final, which they lost 2-0
  • If he plays, Lukas Podolski will earn his 100th cap for Germany and become the seventh player to reach this feat after Thomas Hassler, Franz Beckenbauer, Jurgen Kohler, Jurgen Klinsmann, Lothar Mathaus and Miroslav Klose
  • Holger Badstuber, William Kvist, Lars Jacobsen, Simon Poulsen and Jakob Poulsen are all a booking away from suspension

Probable starting line-up:

Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Bender, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Ozil, Podolski; Gomez

Denmark (4-2-3-1): Andersen; Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, S Poulsen; Kvist, Zimling; Mikkelsen, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli; Bendtner

Where to Watch Live:

You can follow the game live from 7.15 pm BST on iTV 4, as well as BBC Radio 5 live and the official UEFA Web site. You can also catch highlights on BBC One and the BBC Sport Web site.