UEFA Euro 1992 Final
Match programme cover
|Event||UEFA Euro 1992|
|Date||26 June 1992|
|Referee||Bruno Galler (Switzerland)|
The UEFA Euro 1992 Final was played between Denmark and Germany on 26 June 1992 at Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1992. This was Germany's first European Championship tournament since the nation's reunification.
Underdogs Denmark took the lead in the first half from a John Jensen right-footed shot into the top right-hand corner of the net from just inside the penalty box. Denmark sealed the victory with a second goal from Kim Vilfort with 12 minutes to go, Vilfort shooting low left footed in off the bottom-right corner of the post and past Bodo Illgner. With this result, Denmark captured their first-ever major championship at the expense of the defending World Champions.
Route to the final
|Group 1 runner-up
|Final standing||Group 2 runner-up
|Netherlands||2–2 (aet) (5–4 pen.)||Semi-finals||Sweden||3–2|
In what is still considered a shock, the resilient Danish side beat the Germans 2–0 to win their first major trophy. The first big chance of the match fell to the Germans after Matthias Sammer sprang Stefan Reuter into a one on one with Peter Schmeichel. Reuter attempted to chip the keeper who had gone to ground, but the Manchester United keeper raised his arms to deflect the shot. Denmark took the lead in the nineteenth minute after a move that began by winning possession near the German corner flag, via a crunching tackle on Andreas Brehme by Kim Vilfort. Flemming Povlsen picked up the loose ball, and pulled the ball back to John Jensen just inside the penalty area. Jensen sent the ball into the top corner of the net, with the pace on the shot carrying it past Bodo Illgner. Jensen almost scored again, after hitting a Brian Laudrup corner on the volley, forcing Illgner into a save. For most of the first half, and early in the second half, Germany had the majority of the possession and shots, but were unable to generate many clear chances, with the Danes blocking several German attempts. Jürgen Klinsmann had an excellent chance to level the scores late on in the match, but Schmeichel reacted brilliantly to tip the German's effort over the crossbar. Denmark sealed the upset in the 78th minute, when Claus Christiansen won a header on the halfway line, Vilfort reacted first, receiving the pass on the run. With his second touch, Vilfort took the ball away from Brehme and Thomas Helmer, and with his third, he sent a low effort toward goal which bounced off Illgner's post, and into the net.
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