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|Germany 4-2 Greece: Sami Khedira shines for Die Mannschaft|
Sami Khedira put in a wonderful performance in the midfield as Germany walked past Greece in the quarter-finals. The final score was 4-2.
Germany, despite making lot of changes to their starting line-up was able to win comfortably against a Greek side that showed determination for most part, but lacked quality. The Germans stormed into the Semi-final where they will meat Portugal after beating Greece 4-2.
Germany got off to a bright start, with Sami Khedira at the center of everything good for them. The Real Madrid nearly helped in putting the Germans in front just after four minutes from the kick-off. Khedira tried his luck from out of the box, Sifakis saved the shot but fumbled the ball, Reus and Klose sneaked in with the Lazio forward nicking it from Reus and putting the ball into the net. But the goal was disallowed as Klose was adjudged to be in an off-side Positon. Sadly for the Germans, the goal would have stood had Reus scored it, who was clearly onside.
Sami Khedira continued having a pop at goal but his shot in the 7th minute flew over the top. Greece tried to press the Germans from up front, but couldn't stop their opponent from hogging the position. Marco Reus, who was selected today ahead of Muller on the right, started to have great impact in the game. The newly signed Dortmund man, set up Ozil with some neat interplay in front of the Greek penalty box in the 22nd minute, but the Real Madrid midfielder lacked enough power to cause Sifakis any problem. Reus, just a minute after this, had another chance, this time set up by Ozil, but his shot was saved. Then Reus again, slid through a wonderful pass towards Klose in the far post, but the German forward failed to reach the ball.
Germans continued creating chances but failed to score, until their captain stepped up. In the 39th minute, Philipp Lahm drifted infield from the left and collected the ball from Ozil. The Bayern Munich defender, took a step forward and let fly. It the curve and power in the shot left Sifakis grasping in the air. It was a wonderful strike which gave the Germans the lead just before the halftime, and it exactly what they deserved.
Santos made wholesale changes at the start of the second half with Giorgios Fotakis and Theofanis Gekas replacing Georgios Tzavellas and Ninis respectably. And this changes seemed to have their effect. All of a sudden, out of no where, Greece made a wonderful counter-attack. Salpingidis sprinted down the right after collecting the ball and crossed the ball into the box for onrushing Samaras. The Greek striker, reached to the ball ahead of Boateng and scored. An unlikely equalizer, but wonderfully crafted none the less.
For the Germans though, it took only 6 minutes to re-establish their one goal lead. Boateng crossed the ball into the box from the right towards Klose. The ball was too high for Klose, but it dropped perfectly for Khedira who made a late run into the box and volleyed home. An wonderful finish, from one of Germany's best player in the tournament so far. The game resumed normalcy as Germans continued to create opening with wonderful movements and pass. But failed to apply the finishing touch.
Germany made their first substitution of the match in the 67th minute as Thomas Müller replaced Andre Schürrle. And immediately after this Germany doubled their lead. Just before the substitution took place, Ozil won a free-kick on the right. The Real Madrid playmaker, floated in the ball from the right, which Miroslav Klose headed in. It was 3-1 and the scoreline didn't flatter the Germans.
Santos played out his last cards, as Greece made another substitution in the 72nd minute. Nikos Liberopoulos replaced Grigorios Makos as the Greeks changed to a much for attacking formation. But that only helped in Germany increasing their lead as Reus scored to make the score 4-1. Klose made a wonderful run in behind the defense and was found with a delightful ball from Ozil. The Lazio's frontman's shot was saved by the Greek goalkeeper, but the rebound fell in the path of Reus, who smashed it home with a technically perfect volley.
Germany kept dominating possession as they passed the ball around without taking any risk. Then suddenly in the 88th minute, Torisidis made a forward run down the left. After receiving ball crossed toward the penalty box, but the ball touched Boateng's hands and a penalty was given. Salpingidis, who scored in the first game after coming on as a substitute, stepped up to take the penalty and scored past Neuer. The score was 4-2 as Greece scored nothing more a consolation goal.
The game strolled towards the end in the final minutes and in the end Germany won the match comfortably, 4-2. The Germans have sent out a strong message stating how strong their bench strength really is. Even after making 3 changes, they were able to stroll past a dodgy Greek side.