Euro 2012: Joachim Loew refuses to underestimate Denmark

Updated: 17 June 2012 12:20 IST

Germany coach Joachim Loew has insisted there will be no underestimating Denmark on Sunday as the Germans look to down the Danes and ensure they reach the Euro 2012 last eight as Group B winners.

Euro 2012: Joachim Loew refuses to underestimate Denmark
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Germany coach Joachim Loew has insisted there will be no underestimating Denmark on Sunday as the Germans look to down the Danes and ensure they reach the Euro 2012 last eight as Group B winners.

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Germany need a point against Denmark at Arena Lviv to finish top and qualify for next Friday's quarter-final in Gdansk, their Euro 2012 base, against the Group A runner-up.

After defeat to Portugal, but a shock win over Holland, Morten Olsen's Denmark can still make the knock-out phase and a draw would be good enough if Portugal lose to Holland in Kharkiv in the other Group B match.

"We will not underestimate them," said Loew in Saturday's press conference.

"We have not qualified yet and need at least one point. It will be a tight match.

"Denmark also have hopes of reaching the last eight, we always knew they would be a threat as they're compact and very dangerous on the counterattack."

Twenty years after beating Germany to win the 1992 European Championship final in Sweden, Denmark have not lost in their last three matches against Germany with the last German victory back in 1996.

Olsen, who has been in charge since 2000, has yet to taste defeat against Germany after two wins and a draw.

The last meeting was in August 2010, when Denmark came back from 2-0 down to seal a 2-2 friendly draw.

"It is a surprise that Morten Olsen has never lost against Germany," said Loew.

"We want to make sure we change that statistic."

With right-back Jerome Boateng suspended, Loew has said he will bring in either Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender or Schalke's Benedikt Hoewedes on the right side of defence.

Loew has also said he will not make changes to his team to rest players with an eye on the quarter-finals.

Arsenal-bound striker Lukas Podolski is set to win his 100th cap as he looks to add to his tally of 43 goals.

"Lukas Podolski has always been there for us, he is always very fit and he scored lots of goals for us in qualifying," said Loew.

"To be approaching 100 caps at 27 is really great."

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