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Euro 2012 live blog: Germany v Greece

by Josh Powell | June 22, 2012

Portugal booked their place in the semi-final last night and now the Germans will look to continue their hunt for the title by sweeping apart Greece.

Greece famously won the 2004 tournament despite having an absolute bobbins team. Germany have won the European Championships three times and are favourites to lift the trophy this year.

The Germans comfortably navigated the ‘Group of Death’ without being particularly outstanding while Greece were pretty poor in stumbling through Group A.

Gdansk is the venue for the game, with either Italy or England awaiting the winner.

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A convincing win for the Germans who march on in the competition. It took them 39 minutes to break down the Greeks but they were very impressive throughout. Greece were level against the run of play but it only lasted six minutes. Three goals in 13 minutes settled the game before a late penalty provided some consolation for Greece.

Neither Italy or England will look forward to facing Germany in the semi-final. The favourites for the competition were stunning going forward tonight and looked comfortable taking apart the Greek defence.

Germany 4-2 Greece FT

9.38pm: It’s all over. Germany are in the semi-final and looked very impressive thrashing the Greeks.

9.36pm: Deep into stoppage time and Greece are on the attack. They definitely don’t have time to score two though.

9.36pm: This is now the highest scoring game at Euro 2012 and that’s the first penalty to be scored at the competition. The only other penalty was also awarded to the Greek’s but they missed it against Czech Republic.

9.34pm: GOAL! Salpigidis rolls the penalty past Neuer but it’s nothing more than a consolation.

9.32pm: Penalty! For the Greeks! Handball by Boateng.

9.30pm: Ozil plays a one-two with Gomez and gets his shot away but it’s straight at Sifakis. The keeper can’t hold it but smothers it at the second attempt.

9.28pm: Germany just holding on to the ball now. I wouldn’t envy Italy or England having to face this German team in the next round. They have looked very good tonight.

9.28pm: Ozil skillfully dances around three tackles before having his shot saved by Sifakis. In more nickname-related news, the German players call Ozil Nemo after the cartoon fish because of his bulgy eyes.

9.26pm: Interestingly Reus is nick-named Woody after the woodpecker because he nods his head when he runs.

9.25pm: Mario Gomez is coming on for Klose. The tournament’s leading goalscorer will fancy adding to his tally here with ten minutes to go. Gotze also comes on for Reus.

9.25pm: STAT! Klose’s goal was the 19th headed goal of the tournament.

9.22pm: It’s 500/1 for Greece to score three in the next 15 minutes and take this game to extra-time. There’s more chance of Schurrle’s rock band selling out Croke Park to be fair.

9.21pm: So two of Joachim Loew’s new players have scored in Klose and Reus. Decision well and truly justified.

9.19pm: GOAL! Reus with a brilliant finish. Ozil plays in Klose whose shot is well saved by Sifakis. The ball loops into the air and Reus pings a delicious volley in off the bar. That is the definition of ‘thumping’ a volley home. Boom.

9.17pm: Makos is coming off for the 36-year-old striker Liberopolous. He has an effort from 40 yards but it goes wide. Ambitious.

9.16pm: Muller pings a shot just wide. Germany certainly look like they have more goals in them.

9.16pm: 20 minutes to go. Germany 4-1 is 2/1 and 5-1 is 6/1.

9.14pm: The Greeks are rocking now. Klose almost bags another one but Sifakis saves well.

9.13pm: GOAL! Germany must be through now. The free-kick is whipped in and the keeper comes and gets nowhere near it. Klose powers his header home.

9.12pm: Muller is coming on for Schurrle. He probably has band practice to get ready for.

9.11pm: On the replay it looks like Khedira’s volley has come off his shin. Still a very good goal.

9.09pm: Reus is in a good position but takes far too long to think about his shot and is robbed of the ball. 25 minutes to go and Greece are 100/1 to win in 90 minutes. Value?

9.08pm: Half an hour to go and Gekas gets a sight of goal but shoots well over. Some good movement from Greece and you get the feeling this game could open up big time.

9.06pm: GOAL! What a volley from Khedira. An emphatic finish from the Real Madrid man who meets Boateng’s cross with a perfectly executed volley from 12 yards. Brilliant hit.

9.04pm: Germany struggling to get through the Greeks who have got all 11 players within 35 yards of their own goal. It’s congested in the middle of the park to say the least.

9.02pm: Greek fans in full voice now. They are now 12/1 to win in 90 minutes, the draw is 17/10. The Germans still favourites at 8/13.

9.00pm: GOAL! Oh wow! Who took that 4/1? Greece are level! Salpigidis breaks down the right as Germany lose possession and he squares it up Samaras who gets in ahead of Boateng to slide the ball home.

8.59pm: Germany far too casual on the ball and Greece break two-on-two. Samaras plays in Gekas who tries the return but it’s well defended. That was far better from Greece. They are 4/1 to score the next goal.

8.57pm: The movement from Gekas looks good though for Greece. A very positive substitution from their point of view as he looks like the biggest threat up top. He is 14/1 to score the next goal.

8.55pm: Reus goes down and wins a free-kick. Badstuber nods the cross down in to the six yard box but Greece manage to scramble it away.

8.53pm: Germany have started well and are trying to kill off the game here. Considering Greece need to score they are still sitting very deep.

8.52pm: STAT! Gekas is the third highest scorer for Greece in their history with 22.

8.50pm: Greece are making changes. Gekas and Fotakis are on for Ninis and Tzavelas.

8.48pm: If Greece are going to stay in the competition they will need a big second half here. They are 13/2 to win this half.

8.41pm: Best news of the night. Andre Schurrle who hit the side netting late on in the first half supposedly plays the air guitar when he celebrates. The reason? When he was playing for German side Mainz he was in a band with team-mates Lewis Holtby and Adam Szalai. Here’s a video of them rocking the German version of The Graham Norton Show.

8.38pm: Betting update…Germany to win in 90 minutes is 1/16, the draw is 8/1 with Greece a massive 50/1 to come from behind. Germany are 1/66 to qualify and that basically tells you all you need to know.

8.35pm: Half-time and to say the Germans are in control is an understatement. Greece haven’t threatened once and it was more a matter of how long they could hold on. 39 minutes was the answer before Lahm’s ferocious drive into the bottom corner. It’s a long way back for the 2004 champions now.

8.33pm: German fans are on their feet celebrating but it’s wide. Schurrle with the effort from 20 yards hits the side netting. The fans ended up looking pretty silly.

8.32pm: Germany comfortably knocking the ball around the Greek box. It’s very difficult to see Greece getting back into this.

8.28pm: For all the good work Greece had done in defence they were poor for the goal. Lahm had far too much time and space to get his shot away. The Greeks will be very disappointed with that.

8.28pm: Greece will have to change their tactics now and start to get men forward. There are five minutes left before half-time.

8.25pm: It’s nothing less than the Germans deserved and it’s a good hit from Lahm. He’s easily been one of the best fullbacks in the world for the best part of a decade and he’s broken the deadlock. Germany now 1/14 to win in 90 minutes.

8.24pm: GOAL! Lahm breaks the deadlock. He cuts in from the left and his right-foot shot is dipping and swerving all over the place. Keeper can’t do anything about it. A cracking strike.

8.22pm: Ozil plays in Khedira thanks to his quick feet and his shot is palmed away by Sifakis. The Greeks clear much to the keepers relief.

8.20pm: Greece still standing firm. It’s very much attack versus defence here. Neuer has taken a seat with someone in the crowd and is discussing the economic climate.

8.19pm: As I write that Makos has a cross come shot that Neuer has to react well to save. Proof that Greece are dangerous when they want to attack.

8.18pm: Samaras is chasing a lost cause up top for Greece. When they win it at the back and hoof it forward he is the only one looking to go forward.

8.14pm: STAT! Germany have had 80% of possession up to this point. I’ve done some quick maths and that means the Greeks have only had the ball for six minutes in this game. Blimey

8.12pm: Badstuber gives it away and Greece look to break. Luckily from a German point of view Neuer was able to play the sweeper role and tidy up. The keeper has now gone back to checking Facebook on his phone and chilling out while everybody else plays footy up the other end of the pitch.

8.10pm: So close! First Reus has a shot well saved by Sifakis and then Klose was millimetres away from getting his studs on a cross six yards out.

8.08pm: Stunning move from the Germans. great football by Reus in particular and Ozil finds some room after a neat one-two. He can only shoot straight at the keeper though who does well.

8.07pm: If you fancy Greece to hold out and for it to go to pennos Germany are 16/1 to win a shoot-out with Greece at 18/1.

8.05pm: Samaras carries the ball out of the Greek half and wins a throw in. Greece commit one person forward and give the ball back to Germany. They are staying very disciplined and Germany are struggling to break them down.

8.03pm: Supposedly it rained for 12 hours straight yesterday which is why the pitch is like a bog.

8.02pm: Greece seem very happy playing with eleven men behind the ball and are reluctant to commit men past the half-way line. It’s a risky game-plan.

8.00pm: Samaras decides to give Khedira a break and instead treads on Scweinsteiger’s ankle. The big man is booked.

7.59pm: Samaras clatters Khedira again. I doubt those two will be having a candle-lit dinner any time soon.

7.57pm: Reus is through from an Ozil pass but the ball bobbles and he slips as he tries to shoot. The ball skews harmlessly wide. The Greek keeper is down though, he seemed to get a knock when the Germans scored that disallowed goal and is still suffering.

7.56pm: Sifakis hoofs the ball out of play from a goal-kick. Not the best idea when you’re team is struggling to get possession anyway.

7.54pm: The pitch looks very wet and a few players have already gone down slipping. Looks like there has been plenty of rain in Poland. They must be having an Irish summer.

7.51pm: Six minutes in and I don’t think Greece have been on the ball at all. Germany looking dominant and threatening in attack. It is evens for there to be a goal in the opening 30 minutes.

7.49pm: Oh blimey. Khedira recovers from that tackle and pings one from the edge of the box that Sifakas spills and Klose knocks in the rebound. Lino rules it out but Greece are all over the place. Germany have sliced through them three times already.

7.48pm: Samaras goes in hard on Khedira. It looked nasty, the ref has a little word in his ear. Could have been a yellow that.

7.47pm: Klose almost gets in on goal just a minute in and then the Germans attack again down the right and a dangerous cross is booted away.

7.46pm: COUNTDOWN DRAMA! Greece kick-off at the end of the countdown but the ref had not blown his whistle! We re-start without a countdown. Unbelievable.

7.45pm: We’re off! Anybody getting bored of the countdown yet?

7.42pm: Anthems done. The Germans probably edge it to be honest. The Greeks looking very nervous.

7.38pm: One person who will be supporting the Greeks tonight is Georgia Salpa. Here’s a picture of her pretending to be some form of doctor.

Georgia Salpa

7.30pm: 1/3 for a Germany win might not attract everyone so head over to the halftime/fulltime market. Germany/Germany is 10/11. Greece conceded in the opening half against Poland and then let in two goals in the first six minutes against Czech Republic so they’re not exactly watertight.

7.27pm: STAT! Germany have not conceded first in a competitive game since the third-place play-off against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup. They are 3/10 to score first tonight.

7.27pm: Germany are 1/3 to win in 90 minutes, the draw is 4/1 and a Greece victory is 10/1.

7.23pm: Greece are without suspended captain Giorgos Karagounis. He was influential in getting Greece to this stage and will be a big loss for this game.

7.20pm: Joachim Loew has been mega-ballsy by dropping the front three of Muller, Gomez and Podolski. In comes Schurlle, Reus and Klose. Klose has scored 63 goals for Germany and is 7/2 to score first in this game. Have the Germans underestimated Greece with those changes?

Germany Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Reus, Ozil, Schurrle, Klose.

Greece Sifakis, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Tzavelas, Makos, Maniatis, Ninis, Katsouranis, Samaras, Salpingidis.

7.16pm: Team news for the game on the way.

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