Germany overcame Denmark and adverse weather conditions that saw play suspended to reach the quarterfinals of Euro 2024. 

Second-half goals from Kai Havertz – a penalty after Denmark had an effort ruled out by VAR for offside moments earlier – and Jamal Musiala gave the hosts a 2-0 win and a place against Spain or Georgia in the last eight.

But that was not the whole story on a dramatic and stormy night in Dortmund when English referee Michael Oliver took the players from the field after 35 minutes due to thunder and lightning.

There was a 24-minute delay before the action resumed in front of soaked supporters, who had tried to protect themselves from torrential rain under makeshift covers.

Germany had the ball in the net inside four minutes as center-back Nico Schlotterbeck rose to meet Toni Kroos’ corner and beat Kasper Schmeichel with a towering header.

But the eagle-eyed Oliver spotted that Joshua Kimmich had blocked off Schlotterbeck’s marker Andreas Skov Olsen and correctly disallowed the goal.

It was one-way traffic as Denmark’s box was besieged, with Schmeichel denying Kimmich, Schlotterbeck, and Havertz with full-stretch saves inside the opening 10 minutes.

Robert Andrich headed another Kroos corner straight at Schmeichel and Musiala drove wide, and it seemed simply a matter of time before Germany would score.

But Denmark gradually established a foothold as Christian Eriksen and Joakim Maehle went close before the skies darkened and loud thunderclaps and lightning filled the air.

When the rain relented and the players returned, both sides had clear chances before the break.

Havertz sent a free header straight at Schmeichel and Rasmus Hojlund rippled the side-netting at the other end before being denied by Manuel Neuer’s brave goalkeeping.

Denmark was celebrating three minutes after the restart when Joachim Andersen lashed home from 10 yards.

But Thomas Delaney was inches offside in the build-up according to the semi-automated offside technology, and Andersen’s misery was compounded by David Raum’s cross touching his outstretched arm.

Havertz stepped up to tuck away his second spot-kick of the tournament, beating Schmeichel’s dive to his left with a perfect penalty inside the right post.

Hojlund failed to beat Neuer again from 10 yards, smashing his shot straight at the veteran goalkeeper, before Musiala raced onto Schlotterbeck’s raking pass after 68 minutes.

Musiala made no mistake with a calm right-footed finish, moving him level on three goals with Georgia’s Georges Mikautadze as the tournament’s top scorer.