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Arena Lviv (ATT 35,000) 17th June 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Denmark Denmark vs Germany Germany

Denmark 1

M Krohn-Dehli (25)

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Germany 2

L Podolski (19)
L Bender (80)

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Danes hoping to cause an upset in Lviv

Last Updated: 16/06/12 7:40pm

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With there still all to play for in Group B, Denmark and Germany head into the final round of fixtures looking for a win to carry them into the quarter-finals.

Germany are all but assured of a place in the last eight, with two impressive performances seeing them to back-to-back victories and the top of the group.

They require just a point to confirm their progress to the knockout stage, but they will be looking for three after establishing early momentum.

Joachim Low's side are much-fancied to go all of the way at Euro 2012 and a 2-1 victory over Holland in their last outing suggests they may be difficult to stop.

Germany must decide whether to stick with their tried and tested against Denmark, or shuffle their pack and offer game time to those on the fringes of their first-team plans.

They will have to make one enforced change, with Benedikt Howedes and Lars Bender in contention to replace the suspended Jerome Boateng.

"I know and we all know that this game is going to be incredibly difficult and I am not going to just rest players - you don't rest players in a game in which there so much at stake," Low said.

Ambitious

"If I do decide to take somebody out or bring somebody in, then I do it for one reason and that is that the player coming in is better suited for our style of play.

"I will definitely not be taking anybody out to give them a rest for future games.

"If I do change anything, then it will be because I am convinced it is for the good of the team.

"We have a great bench and, if we go through, then we are going to need the players, as we always have done.

"I can see ambitious players who want to play. I would not read too much into them being unhappy not to be playing - I would be more concerned if they were happy with the situation."

Germany will need no reminding that their recent record against Denmark is not the best - with their first meeting seeing the Danes claim a shock European Championship success back in 1992.

Hopeful

Denmark are unbeaten in the last three encounters between the two nations, with coach Morten Olsen having overseen two wins and a draw.

He is, however, aware that his side face a tough task if they are to claim a notable scalp and make their way into the last eight.

"We go into the game hopeful of going through and it can't get more exciting than this," he said.

"Nothing is impossible and we will be going out to win.

"We have experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum in recent weeks - one euphoric and one downbeat. We are keen to experience the first one again."

Dennis Rommedahl is unavailable for Denmark due to injury, while Niki Zimling is also a doubt and will face a late fitness test.

Olsen will not reveal who is in line to step in as replacements, saying: "I have 23 players in the squad and it depends on who we feel is right for this game.

"There are pros and cons to every decision. No player is perfect, it is about finding the perfect blend of players."

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Tables

European Championships Group A

European Championships
Pos Team P Pts
1 Czech Republic 3 6
2 Greece 3 4
3 Russia 3 4
4 Poland 3 2

European Championships Group B

European Championships
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 3 9
2 Portugal 3 6
3 Denmark 3 3
4 Netherlands 3 0

European Championships Group C

European Championships
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 3 7
2 Italy 3 5
3 Croatia 3 4
4 Republic of Ireland 3 0

European Championships Group D

European Championships
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 3 7
2 France 3 4
3 Ukraine 3 3
4 Sweden 3 3

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