Denmark vs. Germany: 7 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Group of Death Decider

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Denmark vs. Germany: 7 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Group of Death Decider
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The Group of Death is finally, well, dead. All three rounds of matches have been played, and Germany will be joining Portugal in the knockout rounds.

From the moment Denmark scored the opening, and eventually winning, goal vs. the Netherlands, we knew this group was going to be unpredictable. And so it was.

Denmark proved themselves to be much more than "the Group of Death's fourth-best team," and with a bit more luck could've easily found themselves in the quarterfinals.

The Netherlands shocked everyone with how flat-footed they looked for much of the tournament, and Portugal showed their best work very, very late in the group stage. Were it not for Silvestre Varela, they'd be joining the Netherlands in exiting the competition.

Germany, perhaps, were the only team not to truly surprise us. Still, Mario Gomez's performance at the international level was joy to behold, and Germany did break a record by becoming the first incarnation of the German national team to win all three group games at a Euro tournament.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves and start analyzing Germany and Portugal's quarterfinal fixtures with Group A, let's look at what we learned about Denmark and Germany from their faceoff in the final round of Group B.

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