Joachim Low: Bender has the qualities to be a good full-back

The trainer heaped praise on the Bayer Leverkusen man, who guaranteed his country’s presence in the quarter-finals with a goal in the DFB Eleven's final game in Group B
Germany coach Joachim Low has lauded the performance of Lars Bender in the 2-1 victory over Denmark which saw Die Mannschaft book their place in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

Despite taking the lead early on, the DFB Eleven found themselves on equal terms with Denmark until the 80th minute when the versatile Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, who played at right-back in this game, netted the winner to seal the three points for his team.

Low stated that Bender has all the qualities to excel as a wide defender, and took his time to comment on Germany's next opponents, Greece.

"Lars has all he needs to be a good full-back. The game was close, then Lars went to the box and scored," Low told ARD.

"Both Benders [Lars and his twin brother Sven] are winner types, incredible ambitious and never surrender. They are positive players."

"Denmark were very calm, and this made them extremely dangerous. Teams often close the shop against us. Against Greece it will be different," Low continued.

"The pressure won’t go up, it will be the same as in the games before. I would like to thank our fans, who gave us great support."