Denmark vs. Germany: Germans Will Continue Dominant Performance Against Greece

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2012

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17:  Miroslav Klose of Germany applauds the fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Both Germany and Greece put on impressive performances in the group stage to reach the knockout stage of Euro 2012, but the Germans will be the ones moving on after the upcoming fixture.

Greece emerged from Group A in shocking fashion, as the team defeated Russia to secure a place in the next round of battle for Europe.

Germany didn't need to shock anyone, it was the favorite to win the "group of death" and it did just that by winning all three matches for the first time in the team's history at the Euro Championship.

While Greece is a great story and just what the country needed in tough economic times, its opponents in the next round are just too talented to be caught off-guard by this underdog.

Denmark was a team that had its own shocking moments in the tournament when it defeated the Netherlands to open up Group B play, but that didn't help when push came to shove against Germany.

Greece faces an uphill battle against the talented German side
Greece faces an uphill battle against the talented German sideShaun Botterill/Getty Images

And while the Greeks have scored a goal in each game this tournament, that leaves them with just three goals scored over three fixtures in the weakest group. The win over Russia was impressive, but that team is not on the same level as Germany; no team from Group A is.

The nations in Group B have been pulling out all the stops in each match, with Germany posting five goals against three of the more decorated teams in Euro 2012.

This year's edition into the historic tournament has seen some shocking events unfold, with Greece's advance measuring as one of the more eyebrow-raising. However, that doesn't mean that one of the favorites to win the entire tournament are going to be knocked out by this year's Cinderella team.

Manuel Neuer is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, while Mario Gomez has scored as many goals in this tournament as the Greeks' entire squad has.

Germany has put together one of the most consistent and impressive starts to Euro 2012, winning every fixture and posting the second-best goal differential behind Spain.

There just doesn't look to be a weakness that the Greeks can exploit, whereas the Germans have seen their opponents taken to the test by weaker sides all tournament long. Germany is the heavy favorite heading into this fixture for a reason, and should defeat the Group A runner-up rather handily.