Euro 2012: Germany 4-2 Greece – Merkels’ Mannschaft Stroll Into Semis (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

22nd, June 2012


By Alan Duffy

German boss Jogi Loew rested three of this star attackers for the quarter-final tie with Greece, replacing Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller and Lukas Podolski with the equally gifted Miroslav Klose, Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle. However, the change of personnel had little effect on Germany’s increasing momentum in Poland and UKraine.

The Mannschaft dominated the game against a Greek side who rarely ventured forward. However, it took until the 39th minutes for the Germands to score, courtesy of captain Philip Lahm.

On 55 minutes, totally against the run of play, Georgios Samaras netted a shock equaliser for the Greeks, but goals from Sami Khedira, Klose and Reus put the Germans out of reach, although Dimitris Salpingidis did net a late penalty.

So Greece go home after a decent tournament, while for the Germans, a semi-final clash with either Italy or England awaits. It’s all getting quite exciting, actually!


Highlights to follow….

Photos: PA

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  1. Vasko says:

    Greece got mannhandled. They played like they had absolutely no motivation, were sloppy defensively and only ever impressed for about 5 seconds with a counterattack that was a true piece of beauty.

  2. yahoo says:

    Who says the Germans ain’t funny. They nickname their national team the “man shaft”.

  3. Nicolas says:

    @Vasko I think greece played very motivated altho they were shite overall.

    ПС. българин ли си :))

  4. Anonymous says:

    oh come on Platini. its no secret that you hat ze Germans but you can do better than in that photo with Merkel!

    He looks like he is the most unhappiest person in the stadium.

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  6. plops says:

    The Greeks have been merked, as Rio might say.

  7. hana says:

    oooh come on mannschaft catch the cup 4 us , this year is yrs i said all the best

  8. gustav says:

    i am german and i never heard anyone refer to the german national team as “die mannschaft”… in contrast, i heard a german commentator call the english team the “squad”… some people seem to think every side should have a catchy nickname (like for example la squadra azzurra) – and if they dont they just make up one.

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