Germany vs. Greece: 6 Players to Watch in Euro 2012 Quarterfinal
Quarterfinal No. 2 of Euro 2012 sees Germany take on heavy underdogs Greece on June 22.
Germany—the only team left in the competition with a 100 percent record—managed notable victories over Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark in its group stage campaign, while Greece's path was slightly less impressive.
After scraping into the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Russia, Greece is reminiscing of 2004 once again, but surely that's just a pipe dream...isn't it?
Here are six players to keep an eye out for in Germany vs. Greece.
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Much was made of Joachim Low's decision to start Mario Gomez over the legendary Miroslav Klose, but Gomez has justified his position with three goals and an assist in his opening three-game salvo.
Germany are flying at the moment, and Gomez continues to deliver an end product.
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Dimitris Salpingidis played his way into the Greeks' starting lineup after an explosive cameo in the first game of the tournament against Poland.
Since then he has started every match and been a live wire for the Greeks. His energy and enthusiasm should not be underestimated.
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Real Madrid and Germany star Mesut Ozil could consider himself unlucky not to have scored for Germany in this tournament yet.
Nevertheless, he has contributed in the assists department and seems to be able to float past defenders with ease when he wishes to.
An impressive Ozil performance could yield terrible destruction for the Greeks.
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Giorgos Samaras held up play and led the line superbly against Russia, but his goal threat is still questionable.
Having notched just one goal in his last eight international appearances, Greece will be looking for Samaras to contribute a goal or two when they need it the most.
His performance could be highly important to the Greek side.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger may have been fighting for a starting berth at the beginning of this tournament—such is the strength of Germany's midfield.
However, his performances so far has been outstanding in the middle of the park for Germany, and the defensive midfielder has even laid on a couple of goals.
With superb positional play, Greece will have to work hard to bypass Schweinsteiger's midfield unit.
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Sotiris Ninis is supposed to be the next Greek superstar, but unfortunately Euro 2012 has only seen 53 minutes of his ability thus far.
With Greece likely to need a goal against the high-flying Germans, Ninis could get a more favorable role in this quarterfinal clash. If he does, then he has the potential to be dangerous.
Germany vs. Greece kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET on 22 June. The game will be played at the Arena Gdansk, Gdansk.
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