Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff has urged caution ahead of their final Group clash against dark horses Denmark at Euro 2012.
The Germans appear seemingly unassailable at the top of the group after wins over formidable opponents Portugal and the Netherlands, but can still be eliminated if things don’t go their way in Lviv on Sunday.
Germany need only a point to progress but if they are defeated by Denmark and Portugal beat the Netherlands, depending on goal difference, that could be enough to see both victors qualify with six points at the expense of Germany.
“This game (against Denmark) is of course a decider,” Bierhoff said.
“After the win against the Netherlands we were very happy with the way the team played, and perhaps it felt like we had qualified, but we quickly came back down to Earth.
“I have the feeling that the squad know that qualification isn’t quite sealed yet, and we need to carry this through because shocks can happen very easily indeed.
Denmark threw the ‘group of death’ wide open after their 1-0 win over the Netherlands in their opening group game before losing to Portugal 3-2.
“On paper we’ve beaten the two strong teams in the group in Portugal and the Netherlands, but we need to be wary of Denmark.”
Germany has never won all three group games at the Euros but Bierhoff said records counted for little given they smashed one of their own in qualifying for the tournament by winning all their matches.
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