Denmark stun Germany in women's Euro quarters

Second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned holders Germany who bow out of the women's Euro after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Denmark's forward Frederikke Thogersen (left) fights for the ball with Germany's midfielder Linda Dallmann during their quarter-final match of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in Rotterdam on July 30, 2017
Denmark's forward Frederikke Thogersen (left) fights for the ball with Germany's midfielder Linda Dallmann during their quarter-final match of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in Rotterdam on July 30, 2017 (AFP)

Second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned holders Germany who bow out of the women's Euro after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Germany, who have won the Euro six times in a row and eight times overall, dominated the eventful game postponed from Saturday because of heavy rain, but Denmark's counter-attacking was eventually too much for them.

Germany were out of the blocks fast with Isabel Kerschowski drawing first blood on three minutes with massive help from Danish keeper Stina Petersen who palmed her shot from just outside the box into the goal.

But Nadim put Denmark level three minutes after the break with a bullet header from a cross by Stine Larsen and Nielsen then headed home a cross from substitute Frederikke Thoegersen with seven minutes left.

Denmark winger Katrine Veje hit the woodwork after a Nadim pass flicked on by Harder with half an hour to go, while Petersen regained self-confidence with several brilliant saves.

In the semi-final on August 3, Denmark will take on either Austria or Spain, who are playing later on Sunday.

On the same day, the Netherlands, who beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday, will face either England or France, also playing later on Sunday.