Germany secure women's Euros quarters spot

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Germany have ended Spain's 24-match unbeaten run to advance to the quarter-finals at the women's European Championship with a 2-0 victory.

Klara Buehl and Alexandra Popp scored for the Germans, who sealed top spot in Group B on Tuesday with a game to spare. The record eight-time European champions will play Group A's runners-up, Austria or Norway, in the knockout round.

In Tuesday's other game, Pernille Harder scored Denmark's first goal at the tournament to secure the team's first victory, a 1-0 win over Finland.

Host nation England, the Group A winners, await the team that finishes second in Group B, which will be determined when Spain play Denmark on Saturday.

In front of 16,037 fans at Brentford's stadium in west London, Germany's opener in the third minute came after Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos tried to make a clearance from a routine back-pass. But the ball struck Buehl, who turned inside Irene Paredes to shoot low into the bottom corner of the net.

Popp, the Germany captain, netted in the 36th from a header after connecting with Felicitas Rauch's corner.

The Spanish avoided conceding four as Denmark did against Germany in the Group B opener.

The Danes did recover from that setback by beating Finland in Milton Keynes. Harder, Denmark's all-time leading scorer, netted her 69th international goal with a close-range header in the 72nd minute, pouncing after Karen Holmgaard nodded off the crossbar.

Denmark were runners-up in the 2017 tournament after losing in the final to the Netherlands.

There was a setback for the defending champion Dutch on Tuesday though with star striker Vivianne Miedema testing positive for COVID-19, ruling her out of Wednesday's Group C game against Portugal.

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