In the second quarter in Gdansk Germany and Greece determined which country would leave the Eurozone. The Germans, the main favorites of the European Championship, played with the most unpredictable opponent in the tournament.
Pre-match statistics were clearly in favor of the German national team. The Greeks had previously played with the Germans eight times, but had never won. The German team had become the winner of 14 official matches before that game. Three of the matched had taken place in the group stage of the tournament.
As a result, Germany will meet with Portugal in the semifinal, which had defeated the Czech Republic the day before.
Germany squad had a good start in the match and in the 3rd minute scored a goal, but it was scored from offside. Schweinsteiger tackled the ball from behind the defenders of Greece.
Throughout the first half Germany fiercely attacked the Greeks, but failed to score the final goal.
The Greeks took a defending position. However in the 30the minute Ninis’s heel chop could have resulted in a goal but Neuer reached the ball directed into the far corner of the goal net.
The total control of the match finally brought its results. 39 minutes into the match Lahm obtained the ball forty yards from the gate, moved into the center and shot from a distance. At this time, Sifakis was powerless.
1-0 for Germany, which until that moment had controlled the ball 70% of the playing time.
The missed did not force the Greeks to change the game tactics. So the initiative rested with the Germans till the end of the half-time. One minute before the break Shyurrle almost repeated the maneuver of Lahm, but he shot wide – the ball was inches from the gate.
The German team was at the winning edge when left for the break.
In the first minutes of the second half the Greeks were a little more active, but their timid attempts to attack ended at the penalty line of Germany.
But in the 54th minute Gekas went ahead and delivered a pass to the center of the penalty area and Samaras scored a goal. Thus, the Greeks equalized the score 1-1.
However, their joy lasted only 5 minutes. After Boateng’s passing, Khedira headed the ball into the Greeks’s gate. The euro was again in favor of Germany - 2-1.
In the 67th minute Miroslav Klose stretched their lead after an error of Sifakis. Thus, Germany got closer to the game with Portugal - 3-1.
74 minutes into the match the Greeks were defeated - 4:1, Royce nailed the ball into an empty net of Greeks.
In the 89th minute Greeks reduced the gap with a penalty. The German defender tackled the ball and Salpingidis scored a goal from the penalty area.
The German national team, completely controlling the game, became the deserved winners. The goals of the Greeks were probably accidental, as opposed to the German national team, which owned the ball 71% of the time and had 24 goal attempts, of which 14 were shots on target.
Germany: Neuer, Lam, Badshtube, Hummels, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Royce Shyurrle, Klose
Greece: Sifakis, Maniatis, Tsavellas, Papadopoulos, Torosidis, Papastatopulus, Makos, Ninis, Katsouranis, Samaras, Salpingidis