VAR and Stormy Weather Take Center Stage as Germany Defeats Denmark

Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz scored as Euro 2024 hosts Germany advanced to the quarter-finals by overcoming Denmark in a match dramatically interrupted by a severe storm.

The last-16 encounter at Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion was paused for around 20 minutes in the first half due to lightning, hail, and heavy rain.

The match was also marked by multiple interventions from the video assistant referee (VAR). Early on, VAR disallowed a header from Nico Schlotterbeck, and later in the second half, Joachim Andersen’s goal for Denmark was ruled out due to Thomas Delaney being marginally offside.

Shortly after the disallowed Danish goal, Germany benefited from another VAR decision. Referee Michael Oliver, after reviewing the pitchside monitor, awarded a penalty for a handball by Andersen. Havertz calmly converted the spot-kick, sending the ball past Kasper Schmeichel to the delight of the home crowd.

Havertz nearly added a second goal shortly after, but his shot clipped over Schmeichel and went wide.

Germany secured their decisive second goal with just over 20 minutes remaining when young star Musiala raced down the left and slotted the ball into the far corner.

The home fans, invigorated by Musiala’s goal, remained on their feet, cheering for more goals and hoping their team would make a strong statement in the tournament.

Although no additional goals were scored, the fans celebrated Germany’s victory at the final whistle.

Germany will next face the winner of Sunday’s game between Spain, one of the tournament’s standout teams, and the surprise package Georgia. The quarter-final is set for Friday, July 5.

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