By Art Stevens
In a game played amidst a political background and attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany once again proved their dominance on the soccer field by taking the measure of Greece by a 4-2 margin to reach the European Championship semifinals for a record seventh time.
In the 39th minute, Philipp Lahm scored to break the scoreless deadlock. Greece came back to tie with Samaras scoring in the 55th minute. Germany also had goals from Khedira, Klose and Reus.
Greece coach Fernando Santos said, “We couldn’t breath and did very little with our chances and on set pieces. The first goal made things very difficult for us, despite our good defensive effort.”
Germany coach Joachim Loew stated, “Greece is a curious team. They had one chance and scored two goals, but we didn’t get nervous after 1-1, and the goals came.”
Giorgos Karagounis, the captain of the Greece team, sat out the match after getting a yellow card in the win over Russia.
The victory puts Germany into the final eight semifinals.