It simply wasn't Germany's day at Euro 2008. Although they dominated possession, to the tune of 59%-41%, the favorite Germans lost 2-1 to Croatia.
The Croats were quite simple with their play, and their defense stepped up big, allowing just a few chances to the Germans. The favorites must now tie or win against host Austria to reach the quarter finals, something they were almost guaranteed looking at the pool.
The real problem for Germany was that although possession was in their favor, they were never able to create good goal-scoring opportunities.
The German team looked overmatched at times, which is not said often. Now they must rely on a quality game against a weak Austria squad, who is in the Euro 2008 competition by being a host country.
Captain Michael Ballack and coach Joachim Low need to get the starting eleven some swagger back after this pitiful loss.
The lone bright spot for the Germans was a goal by Lukas Podolski, who has now scored three goals in the competition in just two contests.
For the Germans sake, let us hope that this result does not happen again, or else the favorites will be ousted early.
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