Player ratings as Die Nationalelf begin Euro 2022 campaign with huge win

From Brentford Community Stadium – Germany’s quest to win a record ninth Women’s European Championship got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 victory over Denmark.

The Danes eliminated Friday’s opponents at the quarter-final stage in 2017, but Die Nationalelf avenged that defeat with a suffocating triumph to open their Euro 2022 campaign.

The game’s first half-chance went Germany’s way when Svenja Huth got the better of Katrine Veje on the right touchline and delivered a teasing cross, but Klara Buhl couldn’t keep her header down.

Denmark were let off the hook again when they failed to clear a loose ball and Felicitas Rauch rattled the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.

Minutes later, Germany hit the woodwork twice more through another Rauch sighter and Lea Schuller’s header, before Rauch somehow put the rebound wide, though that time had her blushes saved by an offside flag.

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