Germany Vs. Greece: Germans Pour It On In 4-2 Win

Greece was level for a bit, but Germany was far and away the better team. At the end, the score line showed it and they're onto the semis.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: Final Score, Germans Advance With 4-2 Win

Germany has advanced to the semifinals of Euro 2012 and awaits the winner of Sunday's match between England and Italy. Greece held onto a 0-0 draw for most of the first half and fought back to equalize at 1-1, but fell apart defensively in the second half as the Germans went on to a 4-2 win.

Philipp Lahm broke the deadlock with an impressive strike in the 39th minute, and Miroslav Klose scored what would be the eventual winner in the second half. Giorgos Samaras made things interesting with a 55th minute goal that tied the match, but Germany opened the floodgates shortly afterwards with three goals in 13 minutes.

Greece didn't defend well in the first half, even though it utilized a very defensive strategy, and it was only Germany's finishing that kept the game interesting for an extended period of time. Marco Reus, Mesut Özil and especially Andre Schürrle missed a number of great opportunities. When Schürrle was substituted in the second half, he had nine shots and one on target. The one on target was a bad shot right at Michail Sifakis that he should have placed in the net.

Lahm's strike that put Germany ahead was a great right-footed swerving effort from the edge of the penalty area that curled around the hand of Sifakis. Greece's defending on the goal was terrible, as Lahm was allowed to skip by two players, which was followed by Kyriakos Papadopoulos failing to close him down.

Germany looked a bit lackadaisical and too comfortable with its lead to open the second half, and the team was made to pay for it. Dimitris Salpingidis set up Samaras for a tap-in finish in the 55th minute, with Jerome Boateng completely failing to contest Samaras on the chance. It was a surprise goal that got Greece back into the match, but it only served to remind the Germans that they should kick the ball towards the goal, instead of in random directions.

Sami Khedira put a volley off of a Boateng cross into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 in the 61st minute, and this effectively ended the game. Klose would seal the win in the 68th minute with a header on a corner kick, while Reus added the exclamation point with a great volley off the underside of the crossbar in the 74th minute.

Boateng gave away an 88th minute penalty with a handball, which Salpingidis converted, but it was too little too late for the Greeks. The sturdy defense that led them to a Euro 2004 title didn't show up on Friday, and they head home after slightly exceeding expectations by getting to the quarterfinals and keeping their match against Germany somewhat competitive.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Salpingidis Scores From Penalty, Makes It 4-2

We've got another goal! Incredibly, it's not Germany who've got it. Greece scamper forward almost apologetically and Giorgios Fotakis crosses to nobody in particular. For reasons unknown, Jerome Boateng opts to block it with his arm, and the referee points to the spot immediately.

Dimitris Salpingidis steps up to the spot and sends Manuel Neuer the wrong way with an emphatic finish to make it 4-2. Is the comeback on? Er... no, because there are two minutes left. But hey, consolation goals are nice. Greece can be happy that they've done better against this Germany side than England managed in the World Cup at least, and Salpingidis has managed to cap off what's been a pretty good tournament for him personally with another goal. Yays all around?

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Marco Reus Scores; Rout Is On

There's four, and it's a cracking volley by Marco Reus too. Miroslav Klose rushes in on Michail Sifakis and looks for his second of the game, but his low effort is well kept out by the goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Greece, the rebound fell straight to Reus, and instead of controlling the former Borussia Monchengladbach man simply belts it in off the crossbar with his right foot. That's not an easy skill, that, and he took it absolutely perfectly.

So yeah, this game is done. It's so done, in fact, that Joachim Loew is going to ease up on the Greeks by introducing Marios Gomez and Goetze, which... uh... actually, that seems quite mean. Gomez comes on for Klose, Goetze in place of Reus. That double substitution is a hilarious demonstration of just how much talent Germany have at their disposal. Anyway, 4-1.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Klose Extends German Lead

That'll do it. Greece were level for a few minutes but now this match is over. Sami Khedira's goal in the 61st minute got the Germany lead back, and now it's 3-1 thanks to Miroslav Klose, a score which will certainly send Germany through to the semifinals.

It was all too easy in the end. Mesut Ozil swung in a corner and Michail Sifakis came way out of his net to collect it and ended up nowhere near the ball. That left Klose in a one on one with Kyriakos Papadopoulos, and you'd always bet on Klose to score from there. He rose and did just that, powering a header into the empty net to wrap things up.

Germany are looking for more goals, with great chances falling to Klose again and then Mueller. Four or five aren't out of the question, and on the balance of play they'd probably be deserved. Georgios Samaras' equaliser turns out to have been just what Germany needed.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Khedira Makes It 2-1

Oh, that's how they'll respond. It's 2-1 Germany after Sami Khedira replies to Georgios Samaras' goal (yeah, still difficult to process) with a scorching volley to bring the favourites ahead once more. Jerome Boateng ended up free down the Germany right, took a touch to steady himself, then fired a cross into Michail Sifakis' area. Most of his efforts have been wayward today, and this one looked like it was going to be more of the same when Miroslav Klose missed his header.

However, Khedira was on hand to hammer in from ten yards, leaving Sifakis with no chance at all and re-establishing Germany's 2-1 lead. A few minutes later, Thomas Mueller comes on for a disappointing Andre Schurrle, who's done a lot of giving the ball away. He probably won't be starting for Germany again this tournament.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Samaras Scores? Samaras Scores!

That's what Joachim Loew was so cranky when Germany missed a slew of chances in the first half. The German lead is no more; Georgios Samaras has demolished it. Yes, you read that right. I'm prepared for a lot of things when I cover a game. Riots, blowouts, penalties, whatever. I wasn't prepared for Georgios Samaras to score. I wasn't even prepared for him to take a good touch. If you're a Samaras fan, my apologies, but whatever, I don't care because you have terrible taste in footballers.

Anyway, Dimitrios Salpingidis sprints beyond Philipp Lahm on the Greek right, runs onto the ball and sends in an excellent cross. Jerome Boateng can't cut it out, and Samaras is able to bundle it home despite Manuel Neuer's slight touch. It's now 1-1... what are the Germans going to do about that?

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: Philipp Lahm Has It 1-0 At Halftime

Germany's finishing was terrible in the first half against Greece, but it found a goal from an unlikely source late in the period and leads the Euro 2012 quarterfinal, 1-0. Philipp Lahm, who had not scored for Die Mannschaft for two years, stepped up and delivered a wicked strike in the 39th minute to put Germany ahead near the end of a half full of struggles.

Greece came out to defend and camped 10 players behind the ball for the entirety of the half as expected, but the team didn't defend well at all. Only some terrible finishing by Germany saved the Greeks and kept the score level until late in the half. The Germans should have easily led by multiple goals well before Lahm scored their opener.

Andre Schürrle, one of Joachim Löw's three new starters up front, had a goal disallowed for offsides in the fourth minute that was just the first signal that the floodgates were open for the Germans. Marco Reus missed a clear chance in the 11th minute, and it wouldn't be his last bad shot.

In an incredible three minute period, which was Germany's most impressive spell and also the team's worst finishing spell, the Germans missed three clear chances in three minutes. Mesut Özil, Schurrle and Reus missed easy chances back-to-back-to-back between the 23rd and 25th minutes in inexplicable fashion.

Maybe Lahm sensed that his forwards needed a bit of help in the 39th minute, or maybe he just saw an opening. In any event, he took matters into his own hands by blowing by two defenders then hitting a great right-footed shot from 20 yards out that swerved sharply before whizzing past Michail Sifakis into the back of the net.

This match is probably over, but stay tuned to see if Greece decides to put a second man in front of the ball.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Lahm Breaks Deadlock

Greece were such easy opponents that Germany are letting their children score against them. Oh wait, that's just Philipp Lahm. With the attacking players rather forgetting their shooting boots, the bonsai left back decides to take things into his own hands. Picking up the ball from Mesut Ozil, Lahm cuts inside Vasilis Torosidis with a very cute shimmy, considers his options, and then smashes a right-footed drive into Michail Sifakis' bottom corner. Was it saveable? Maybe. But it wasn't saved, and Germany now lead 1-0.

Here's where things will get boring. Greece will have to come out and attack to get an equaliser, which means they'll need to come out of their defensive shell. That could mean Germany end up battering them - with the talent they have and the ability to play on the counterattack, you could see this turning into a rout quickly. That or something amusing could happen.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Germany Waste Lots And Lots Of Chances

Well it definitely shouldn't be 0-0 at this point. Germany have started generating chances, but they're just not taking them. Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus have combined to miss three glorious opportunities to take the lead. There's some absolutely lovely interplay going on - the combination of Reus and Miroslav Klose to open up the first opportunity for Ozil (he shot straight at Michail Sifakis) was incredible - and German have looked very very sharp in the attacking third until it comes time to shoot.

Greece, meanwhile, are being restricted to counterattacks, and their most promising comes when Dimitrios Salpingidis breaks the offside trap, blows past Holger Badstuber and races free on goal. The only problem was that the pass he was trying to run onto was cut out by Manuel Neuer, who managed to boot it out of play well before the striker could get there. That's been the best thing Greece has done all evening, so there you go.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Match Underway

We're up and running - twice - in Germany vs. Greece, Euro 2012's second quarterfinal. Greece managed to kick off before the referee's whistle went, which meant they were called back to the centre circle and forced to start the match all over again. There's a very real chance that that's the most interesting thing their side does all match, which is really depressing.

Anyway, it doesn't take long for Germany to generate their first chances. Heavy pressure results in a turnover in the midfield and Mesit Ozil slips in Miroslav Klose. Greece just about clear, although Klose is incorrectly flagged for offside. Moments later and Marco Reus' cross just eludes the Lazio hitman, although in between Giorgos Samaras did his best to increase his side's chances by spiking Sami Khedira. He should be ok, although it's baffling that Samaras wasn't booked.

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Germany Vs. Greece, Euro 2012: Lineups

Well this is neat - Germany have three new starters in their lineup to face Greece in Euro 2012's second quarterfinal. Out are Lukas Podolski, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez. In are Andre Schurrle, Marco Reus and Miroslav Klose. Normally, swapping that many players out would be a mark of disrespect, but in Germany's case there's virtually no drop off at all (and Schurrle might be an upgrade over Arsenal-bound Podolski). That's pretty terrifying, if you're not German.

Meanwhile Greece, without suspended captain Giorgos Karagounis, are going to play a defensive lineup and hope for a miracle. Hey, it's happened before, right?

Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira; Andre Schurrle, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus; Miroslav Klose.

Greece (10-0-0): Michalis Sifakis; Giannis Maniatis, Giorgos Tzavelas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Vasilis Torosidis, Sakratis Papastathopoulos, Grigoris Makos, Sotiris Ninis, Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Samaras, Dimitris Salpingidis.

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