Germany vs. Slovakia: Score and Twitter Reaction from Euro 2016

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2016

Germany's forward Mario Gomez (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 26, 2016.   / AFP / DENIS CHARLET        (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
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World champions Germany put on a masterclass on Sunday, thrashing Slovakia 3-0 in Lille to breeze through to the UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Jerome Boateng opened the scoring in sensational style with just eight minutes on the clock. Mesut Ozil squandered a chance to double his side's lead from the penalty spot just six minutes later, but the Germans went in at half-time 2-0 up thanks to a Mario Gomez strike.

Julian Draxler then opened his Euro 2016 account with a well-taken second-half strike, as Germany sent a statement to their title rivals.

Germany's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 26, 2016.   / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN        (Ph
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Germany haven't exactly stolen the show in France, but they came out against Slovakia and looked like world champions.

Coach Joachim Low's men had the Slovakians completely penned in during the early exchanges, and it wasn't long before they made the breakthrough.

They did it in some style, too, as Boateng volleyed the ball home from 25 yards after coming on to a Slovakia clearance, as ITV Football shared:

From then on, the pressure was unrelenting. Slovakia simply couldn't get hold of the ball, and Germany went hunting for a second goal.

They had the perfect chance when Gomez was clumsily bundled over by Martin Skrtel inside the box. Ozil took responsibility, but Matus Kozacik guessed right and made a fairly routine save. According to BreatheSport, the Arsenal star's miss was the first by a German at the European Championships:

Germany continued to dominate the proceedings and create good chances, with Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos pulling the strings in midfield.

But Slovakia had the next chance to get on the scoresheet. Peter Pekarik crossed to Juraj Kucka on the edge of the six-yard box, but Kucka's header was plucked out of the top corner by a flying Manuel Neuer.

Two minutes later, normal service resumed, as Gomez doubled Germany's advantage.

After some great work on the left flank, Draxler made his way to the byline, and Gomez was on hand to poke home the cutback, via ITV Football:

After half-time, it was much of the same. Germany were just too strong for Slovakia and carved them open with ease.

They added a third goal on 63 minutes, as Draxler got himself in the right place at the right time to slam the ball home.

Mats Hummels' header found its way to Draxler at the back post following a corner, and the Wolfsburg man made no mistake from close range, courtesy of ITV Football:

The Germans then moved into cruise control and set about closing out the match, and they won plenty of plaudits all the while.

TalkSport's Alan Brazil said Low's side looked the real deal:

The 3-0 win surely reminded the rest of the tournament that Germany are world champions for a reason and are more than good enough to go all the way.

They will face their stiffest challenge yet in the quarter-finals against one of Spain or Italy, but based on Sunday's performance, they're ready to rule again.

Reaction

Germany's forward Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille on June 26, 2016. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo
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Following the match, Slovakia goalkeeper Kozacik conceded that his side were simply outplayed by the Germans and that Gomez's strike was the turning point of the match, via BBC Sport:

We feel sorry because from the beginning, the Germans dominated. We did not make them suffer at all. It is a pity. Perhaps after we defeated them in the warm-up, they prepared better. They played in a disciplined way and showed their greatness. If Kucka could have scored, we might have done something but their second goal was decisive.

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 26:  Matus Kozacik  of Slovakia looks on during the UEFA Euro 2016 Round of 16 match between Germany and Slovakia at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 26, 2016 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, in the happy German camp, Gomez praised his team's performance but insisted they'd need to step up against the Italians or Spaniards in the quarter-finals:

I think we have shown a great game, we dominated and it was exciting, we were very flexible. We deserved the win and can build on it. In the next game, we will play Italy or Spain, they will demand a lot more from us, they are better than the opposition we have had, it has not been easy against the defensive sides. We will try to impose our game and try to play with the same emotions as today.