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video subtitles, Watch Andersen’s horrific two minutes in which he has a goal disallowed before he postpones a penalty

When the round of 16 match between Germany and Denmark was interrupted by a violent storm on Saturday, many fans of the home team sheltered from the heavy rain and hail under colorful boards that they had previously held up as a national flag.

Even though it was in vain and they ended up completely soaked, not even that could dampen their celebratory mood after the final whistle in Dortmund, as the hosts of the 2024 European Championship secured their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win.

The final whistle was greeted with a loud rendition of the 1983 song “Major Tom,” which has become the host nation’s unofficial anthem for this tournament as the home fans’ confidence that their team can make it to the end grows with each game.

But luck also plays a role in tournament football and Germany probably had luck to thank for this victory, because two decisions caused anger in the Danish camp.

The first goal was scored in the second half when, with the score at 0-0, Joachim Andersen’s header was disallowed after Thomas Delaney was a few centimetres offside during the build-up according to the semi-automatic offside detection technology.

Andersen’s suffering was compounded when Germany were awarded a penalty moments later after a cross from David Raum struck his outstretched arm.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand was furious at the post-match press conference.

“The decision was made by two VAR decisions,” he said. “16 seconds of a decisive moment.”

“I rarely talk about these decisions, but it was very crucial to this game. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for our team.”

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Denmark angry about “16 decisive seconds”

Denmark failed to win a single game in the group stage, so their elimination at this stage of the tournament was not unexpected.

But that will not make the decisions that went against them on Saturday night any easier to bear.

Denmark thought they had taken the lead shortly after half-time when Andersen scored, but the effort was ultimately disallowed after a VAR review showed Delaney was just offside before assisting the goal.

When play resumed, Germany immediately attacked and Raum’s cross rebounded off the arm of Crystal Palace defender Andersen in the Danish penalty area, leading to another VAR review and the award of a penalty, which Kai Havertz converted.

In the post-match press conference, Hjulmand pointed to a photo evidence on his mobile phone that clearly showed how close the offside goal was that denied them the lead.

“I have a picture of an offside decision of one centimeter, that’s not possible,” he said. “You can’t make an offside decision of one centimeter.”

Regarding the handball decision, which came 16 seconds after Anderson’s goal was disallowed, Hjulmand added: “We were told that our defenders should not run around with their hands behind their backs.”

“It was the 16 seconds that made the decisive moment in the game. When VAR is used like that, it’s just ridiculous.”

Experts who subsequently analyzed the game agreed.

Former Premier League player Dion Dublin told BBC Sport: “To disallow goals for that, what are you supposed to do? And the handball is even worse.”

Former Wales captain Ashley Williams said of the handball: “You have to put your arms behind your back, which is absolutely ridiculous because it hinders the art of defending.”

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane told ITV: “I’m always critical of defenders when they go into defence with their hands behind their backs, but I see that. I feel for the defenders.”

“This is not the game we love as kids, these kinds of decisions. People wouldn’t wake up tomorrow and say, ‘Why isn’t that a penalty?’

“I agree with the offside. Offside is offside. I go back to handball and just can’t see it as a penalty.”

A new technology will be used at the European Championships that will enable referees to clearly see whether the ball has touched a player’s arm – similar to the Snickometer in cricket.

video subtitles, Highlights: Germany – Denmark 2:0

Germany’s growing faith

The mixed results in the run-up to this tournament had given the impression that not many German fans believed that their team was capable of competing for the first European Championship victory since 1996.

But the 5-1 win against Scotland in the opening game was the ideal start they needed.

They have exciting attacking talents in Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and Havertz, experience in players like Toni Kroos and an excellent substitute in Niclas Füllkrug, who scored two goals in four games as a substitute.

With ten goals in their four games so far, they are the team with the most goals at the 2024 European Championship, but coach Julian Nagelsmann believes they can still improve.

“There is still room for improvement,” he said.

“If you talk about the first 20 minutes of this game, they were very good, I am very happy with it.

“But we could speed up our game when we have the ball. If we do it like we did in the first 20 minutes, it’s really, really hard to beat us.”

“This game was an important win and will give the Germans confidence that they can go on and outrun anyone who is hot on their heels,” added former Premier League striker Chris Sutton, who commentated live on BBC Radio 5.

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