Status: 01.12.2023, 20:23 PM
By: Christoph Wutz
The German women's national team wants to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Only a win against Denmark counts. The game in the live ticker.
- UEFA Women's Nations League: Germany vs Denmark -:- (-:-)
- In the live ticker: Two returnees to help Germany team win against Denmark
- Germany vs Denmark live: Hrubesch team fights for last chance at the Olympics
- This live ticker will be updated continuously.
Update, 20:23 p.m.: Interim national coach Horst Hrubesch made his comments immediately before the game. "We have enough quality to turn the game around," said the national coach shortly before kick-off. However, the 1980 European champion did not cite the low temperatures as a hindrance.
Germany – Denmark -:- (-:-)
|Frohms - Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Linder - Däbritz, Nüsken - Huth, Lohmann - Bühl, Popp
|Christensen - Thögersen, Ballisager, Obaze, Veje - Kühl, Troelsgaard - Gejl, Svava, Hasbo - Vangsgaard
Update, 20:14 p.m.: The game will start in about 15 minutes. Then it will become clear whether the German team will be able to take revenge for the first leg defeat against the Danish team. With a win by at least two goals, Germany could move to the top of the table – and would thus have it in their own hands to secure their place in the Olympic qualifying tournament in February ahead of the final Nations League matchday on Tuesday.
Update, 19:57 p.m.: The Danish starting eleven is also known by now. Striker Amalie Vangsgaard, in particular, is not likely to be remembered too well by the German team. She scored twice in Denmark's 2-0 win in the first leg in September.
The visitors' squad also lacks star player Pernille Harder from FC Bayern. She is currently suffering from a medial ligament injury.
In the live ticker: Two returnees to help Germany team win against Denmark
Update from December 1, 19:35 p.m.: In the meantime, the line-up of the German national team has been determined. As expected, Merle Frohms returns between the posts after recovering from a concussion.
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Goalkeeper Alexandra Popp is also part of national coach Horst Hrubesch's first eleven again. The Wolfsburg striker was absent from the last international matches in October with muscular problems. Hrubesch makes four more changes from the recent 2-0 win in Iceland. Sydney Lohmann, Sara Däbritz, Sjoeke Nüsken and Marina Hegering also move into the starting line-up.
Merle Frohms (left) and Alexandra Popp (right) are back in the starting line-up for the German national team after recovering from injuries against Denmark. © Team 2 / Imago
Live in the ticker: Germany is doomed to win against Denmark
First reported on 1 December, 18.13 p.m.: Rostock – For the German women's national team, it's all or nothing on Friday evening. The DFB team will face Denmark at the Ostseestadion in Rostock from 20:30 CET (all information about the TV broadcast).
The team of interim national coach Horst Hrubesch wants to keep its last chance to participate in next year's Olympic Games. In order to be in Paris, the national team must win their Nations League match against the Danish team.
Germany vs Denmark live: Hrubesch team fights for last chance at the Olympics
After four matchdays in Group C of the Women's Nations League, Germany are in second place with nine points behind Denmark (twelve points). They are followed by Iceland (three points) and the Welsh, who have no points. Only Germany and Denmark still have a chance of finishing in first place before the fifth matchday, which is a decisive step on the way to next year's Olympics in Paris.
Only the top-placed nation in the group will be eligible to participate in the four-team final tournament of the Nations League at the end of February. The four best teams will play for the two European Olympic starting places.
The German women's national team led by Klara Bühl is doomed to win against Denmark. © HMB-Media / Imago
In the event of a two-goal victory, Germany would overtake Denmark
Horst Hrubesch's team recently regained self-confidence after the bitter elimination at the World Cup in the summer. After a 5-1 thrashing of Wales at the end of October, the DFB women recently fought their way to a 2-0 victory against Iceland. As a result, the ticket for the 2024 Olympics can still be booked. To do so, however, they need a home win – with at least a two-goal difference.
Then Germany would draw level on points with the Danes. And after Germany's 0-2 defeat in the first leg in September, the head-to-head comparison would also be level and the DFB women would have the edge due to the better goal difference.
In the live ticker: DFB team under pressure to win against Denmark
In the final group game on Tuesday (19:30 CEST) in Wales, the German team, who can rely on goalkeeper Merle Frohms, who is returning from a concussion against Denmark, would then have qualification for the four-team tournament in February in their own hands.
In the event of a defeat or a draw, on the other hand, the Hrubesch team would no longer have a chance to qualify for the Olympics. A one-goal win would reduce the chances to a minimum. Follow the match of the German national team against Denmark here from 20.30 CET in the live ticker. (wuc/dpa)