(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Having already secured two wins from two matches, Germany need just one point from their last Group B match against Denmark in Lviv, Ukraine, on Sunday to be certain of a place in the European Championship quarterfinals.
Opponents Denmark will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-2 defeat by Portugal last Wednesday, as they also could reach the knockout stages if they avoid defeat against the Germans and the Netherlands beat the Portuguese in the other Group B match being played on Sunday in Kharkiv.
The Danes, who earned three points from a 1-0 win over the Netherlands on June 9, fought back from 2-0 down to draw level against Portugal thanks to two headed goals from striker Nicklas Bendtner only for substitute Silvestre Varela to hit an 80th-minute winner for the Portuguese.
"I think the spectators saw a good match," said Denmark forward Michael Krohn-Dehli. "We got off to a poor start and trailed 2-0, but after that I feel we controlled the game and deserved to get back to 2-2. That's how we train and how we want to play.
"You could start playing long balls after you go 2-0 down, but that is not what we're good at. We worked at getting more possession, which I think we did well today, and also played a bit higher up the field.
"It's obvious we need a result against Germany and we're very keen to progress. We still have a chance so we just have to give it our best try."
Germany have the better overall record in the 25 matches played against Denmark at senior international level, winning 14, with eight defeats and just three draws, although the Danes have not lost in their last three meetings between the two sides. Denmark also pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history when they beat Germany 2-0 in the final of Euro '92 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Striker Mario Gomez has grabbed the headlines as Germany's standout player in the finals, scoring all three goals in victories over Portugal (1-0) and the Netherlands (2-1), but Bayern Munich teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger has also been a key performer for Joachim Loew's side. The 27-year-old Schweinsteiger, who provided assists for both Gomez goals against the Dutch, has fought his way back into the Germany side after being troubled throughout the 2011-12 season with injury and admits he still has to hold back in training.
Germany boss Loew has recognised Schweinsteiger's contribution to the Euro 2012 finals campaign so far, and believes the midfielder can make an even bigger impact as he works his way back to 100 per cent fitness.
"Schweinsteiger still has small room for improvement, but he played a great match," said Loew. "With every game he is getting better and his presence on the pitch is huge."
Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, is bullish about Germany's chances. He said: "We can approach the final game against Denmark with a lot of self-confidence – every victory gives you an extra push. We definitely want to win that game against Denmark."
Denmark winger Dennis Rommedahl will miss this match after suffering a hamstring injury against Portugal, while fellow midfielder Niki Zimling is doubtful after suffering a muscle injury in the same match and will undergo a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's game.
"It's a question of time as they're muscle injuries, but it seems like Dennis Rommedahl is out of the game against Germany," said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. "We can focus on him again if we get through.
"With Niki Zimling the chances are better, but we probably won't know about him up until the minutes before kick-off."
Updated June 15, 2012