Euro 2012 Schedule: Germany Will Continue Run Through Tourney by Routing Greece
Sometimes it's easy to tell when a team is going to be completely overmatched by their opponent. The quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece at Euro 2012 is one of those times.
The two teams are set to square off on June 22 at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN.
If you haven't figured it out yet, Greece is the team that is going to be overwhelmed in this match.
Fernando Santos' side was able to sneak out of Group A after beating Russia by a score of 1-0 for their first win of the tournament. The Greeks tied Poland in their opener and suffered a 2-1 loss to Petr Cech and the Czech Republic.
Germany, on the other hand, is the only team in the 2012 European Championships to have won every game it has played. Joachim Low's side won each game by just a one-goal margin, but close matches were to be expected in the "Group of Death."
The discrepancy between the two clubs is huge, and will prove too much for Greece.
Greece puts forth more of a defensive strategy. They have only been able to score three goals in as many games so far through the tournament. That wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the fact that they haven't yet played a team with as good a back line as Germany boasts.
Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber and Mats Hummels have been brilliant as the last line of defense for the Germans. In the offensively-stacked "Group of Death," Germany has allowed just two goals in three games.
With the exception of Denmark, these games didn't come against defensive clubs. They came against Portugal and the Netherlands, two of the best teams in the world.
Germany has had no problem controlling possession. Midfielders Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira have put on a show in the middle third. They have constantly been better than their opposition in the middle and Germany's record has reflected that.
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The pristine play of their back line and midfielders have led to countless opportunities near the goal. Ozil frequently works the ball up to Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller near the box. The midfielders then pull up closer to the net which allows Germany to put consistent pressure on goal.
There have been many teams in this tournament that have lost their identity during games against the best teams in the world. The thing that has been most impressive about Germany is that every player on the pitch looks extremely confident and comfortable with what they are doing.
Their mistakes are at a minimum and their opponent's blunders are at a maximum. It's going to take a special team to knock off the Germans in the 2012 European Championships, and the Greece are not that team.
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