By Tom Robin, EnStarz | Jun 17, 2012 02:20 PM EDT
If Germany needed any motivation not to take their final game too lightly then what happened to Russia in Group A on Saturday should be the perfect medicine. Group B's match Germany vs. Denmark will take place at 2.45 p.m. EST and can be watched live on ESPN 2 or online through live stream on ESPN 3 (details below).
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On Saturday Russia were unceremoniously dumped out of the tournament that just hours before they were being touted as one of the favorites for. They sat comfortably at the top of Group A having given one of the stand out displays of Euro 2012 so far in destroying the Czech Republic 4-1. In their final game they faced Greece, a team in disarray and oppositely touted by most as the worst team in the tournament with no chance of progressing to the quarter finals. However, just 90 minutes later Group A was turned on its head; Greece had stubbornly beaten Russia, and due to the result in the other Group A game they found themselves dropped from first in the table to third - their dream of Euro 2012 success laying in tatters.
Germany are in a very similar position today. They sit comfortably at the top of Group B, and probably being most critic's favorites for the tournament along with Spain. However, what happened to Russia should spark that little bit of fear in German minds, enough for them to take today's game seriously and to ensure they have no slip ups.
The only way Germany can be knocked out now is if they lose to Denmark by two goals or more, or by a single goal in a result where they have scored only one or no goals (i.e. 1-0 or 2-1 to Denmark). If that result does happen and Portugal beat Holland, then the Germans will be exiting early. It is improbable, but certainly not impossible for Demark to manage to hold a goalless game against Germany and snatch a goal to win late on. So Germany will know there is still a job to do.
Germany will also remember in Euro 1992, Denmark caused one of the biggest shocks in Euro tournament history by firstly making it to the final, and secondly by beating Germany 2-0 to take the crown.
Surely the same cannot happen today? An efficient and exciting German side who are destroying all-comers on a regular basis, succumbing to outsiders Denmark? Maybe we can ask Russia?
Today's Group B game Germany vs. Denmark kicks off at 2.45 p.m. EST and can be watched live on ESPN 2 or online through live streaming on ESPN 3 by clicking HERE.
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