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Centurion Podolski revels in 'dream' evening after Germany defeat Denmark

The attacker was delighted as he reached a century of caps for the DFB Eleven against Morten Olsen's men, but made clear that the team's success is what is important in the end

 Clark Whitney
 In Lviv 
Lukas Podolski described the combination of winning his 100th international cap and Germany's progression to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as beyond his wildest dreams.

The Arsenal-bound forward scored the opening goal as Joachim Low's saw off a spirited Denmark side 2-1 to finish top of Group B, and celebrated a century of international appearances, despite still being only 27 years of age.

Speaking after the match, Podolski told that the fact he managed to mark the milestone with such an important victory made it the perfect evening.

"I never dreamed I would stand here at any time and have a hundred games played," he said. "That's why it’s a special moment to me.

"The 100th game was something special, and the fact that I scored with my right foot makes it even better.

"It's not because of the goal or because I was voted man of the match, but because I've got 100 games and we won and are in the quarter-final. But we want to reach the final and the next task is important.

However, Podolski went on to insist that the biggest issue was neither his goal nor the record, but his team's success.

"The most important thing was that we made it into the next round," he continued. "It was a hard-fought match."

The former Koln striker, who was born in Poland, also expressed his sadness that the co-host nation failed to make it beyond the group stage of the tournament, and hinted complacency may have been the cause.

"It's a pity that Poland were eliminated at home," he added. "Maybe they took it too easy and thought ‘We have an easy group and are already in the next round'.

Before today's match, Podolski had scored just once in his last 16 matches for his country, and had failed to find the net in his last eight appearances for Germany.