Germany began as if they meant to steamroller the upstarts, forcing Peter Schmeichel to save from Karl-Heinz Riedle, Stefan Reuter (from Mattias Sammer´s smart through-ball) and Guido Buchwald before Denmark emerged from behind the barricades to score their shock first goal. Kim Vilfort won a tussle with Andreas Brehme (unfairly, felt the Germans) to send Flemming Povlsen clear with a back-heel, and the ball was laid back for John Jensen to smash it high into the net from the edge of the area despite Stefan Effenberg´s headlong dive into the path of the shot. It was only the second goal Jensen had scored in his first 48 internationals (it later took him 98 matches to score his first for Arsenal FC). Denmark´s name was clearly on the Henri Delaunay Cup.
As if to prove it, their second goal seemed to involve a handball as Vilfort brought the ball under control before shooting low past Bodo Illgner´s left hand. To complete the fairy tale, Vilfort had just come back from visiting his daughter, who was suffering from leukaemia. For that and other reasons, most of Europe rejoiced at the result - though in Sarajevo and surrounding areas there were thoughts of what might have been.
Schmeichel, Piechnik, Sivebæk [Christiansen 66], Vilfort, Nielsen, Olsen (c), Jensen, Larsen, Povlsen, Christofte, Laudrup.
Coach: Richard Møller Nielsen
Illgner, Reuter, Brehme (c), Buchwald, Kohler, Helmer, Hässler, Effenberg [Andreas Thom 80], Riedle, Sammer [Doll 46], Klinsmann.
Coach: Berti Vogts