Germany vs. Greece: 6 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Quarterfinal
Germany romped into the Euro 2012 semifinals with a 4-2 thrashing of minnows Greece.
The result was always expected, particularly after Germany went up, 1-0, on the good courtesy of a Philipp Lahm goal in the 39th minute of the first half.
Greece rallied through Georgios Samaras early in the second, but strikes from Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus put the tie beyond any doubt, with Greece's Dimitris Salpingidis merely blotting the copy book with his late penalty.
Germany will now face the winners of quarterfinal No. 4.
Greece Were Lucky to Get out of the Groups
Greece were fortunate to get out of the group stages and into the Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Germany.
Russia were perhaps more deserved quarterfinal candidates due to their superior goal difference, and they certainly would have put in a better performance against Germany.
Greece were lucky, but their lack of ability ultimately showed.
Mesut Ozil Is Finding His Feet
Mesut Ozil is often a player who struggles with consistency, but he's devastating when in full flow.
The German international is slowly beginning to pick up his performance in line for the semifinal, having now assisted three goals in just four games.
Ozil is a tour de force in creativity.
Germany Have Strength in Depth
You might think that Mario Gomez's three goals and an assist in just four matches earned him the right to start against Greece.
Not under Joachim Low, it seems.
In a move likely made to rest Gomez for the semifinals, Low opted to start with Miroslav Klose in attack rather than Euro 2012's joint leading scorer.
The move paid off, with Klose scoring a goal and assisting another, proving Germany have plenty of options.
England Could Meet Germany in the Semifinals
Not since the days of Paul Gascoigne in 1996 have England made a European Championship semifinal.
Back then, England met Germany and thrashed out a 1-1 draw, with Germany subsequently winning on penalties.
With Germany now assured of their semifinal place, it's up to England and Italy to decide who will be meeting them.
Germany Have Goals Coming from All over
Germany are most certainly not a one-man team.
With their four goals against Greece coming from a defender, a midfielder and two attackers, Germany coach Joachim Low will also be pleased to see a defender, a midfielder and an attacker on the assist sheet.
Germany are producing from all over the pitch.
Germany Will Win the Competition
As much as it pains me to say it, Germany now have to be considered the favourites for the European Championship.
Spain have a tough quarterfinal draw against France, with the winner facing Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.
Germany, on the other hand, will just have to bypass England or Italy to get one hand on the Euro 2012 trophy...I know which team I'd rather be.
A Germany vs. Portugal final is my prediction.
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