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Germany 4-2 Greece - Germany thrash Greeks to reach Euro 2012 semi-finals

Germany's national football team celebrate after scoring during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Germany vs Greece on June 22, 2012 at the Gdansk Arena (credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/GettyImages)
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Germany thrashed Greece 4-2 on Friday night to book their place in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.

They will next play the winners of Sunday night's England v Italy game, and based on this performance, many will now believe they can go all the way in this tournament.

Germany made a very good start to the game and had the ball in the net inside five minutes when Sami Khedira's shot was not held by Michalis Sifakis, and Bastian Schweinsteiger fired home, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Greece were being roared on by a very vocal support, but they found themselves spending most of the opening 15 minutes stuck inside their own half.

Joachim Loew's side had over 70 per cent of possession in the first 30 minutes of the match, and created several good chances, with Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus going close.

And finally after completely dominating the game, Germany went ahead on 39 minutes when full-back Philipp Lahm burst forward and fired a shot from 25 yards out that swerved and dipped before beating Sifakis.

The Germans deserved to go ahead and they began the second half as they finished the first - on the attack.

But against the odds, Greece equalised on 55 minutes when a rare attack saw Dimitris Salpingidis charge down the flank before crossing for Giorgios Samaras, who scored from close range.

Germany responded well, however, and went straight back on the attack. And it took them just six minutes to take the lead in the second time in the match when Jerome Boateng's cross from the right fell to Khedira, who blasted home a volley from 12 yards out.

Greece knew they would have to go on the attack if they were to remain in the game, but their hopes were dealt a blow on 68 minutes when Miroslav Klose made it 3-1, heading home after some poor marking from Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

And Loew's men wrapped up the win on 74 minutes when Klose's shot was blocked by Sifakis, but fell to Marco Reus, who fired a superb volley in off the underside of the bar.

Greece were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute which was converted by Salpingidis to make it 4-2, but overall it was a great display from Germany over the course of the 90 minutes, who thoroughly deserved their win.

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