A big fat Greek drumming: Germany reach the semis in style

Germany 4 – Greece 2 (Euro 2012 quarter-final, June 22, 2012) (Alternative highlights, More highlightsExtended highlights) The Germans had a goal scrapped off in the first five minutes as Andre Schurrle was flagged off for offside. Germany’s dominance paid dividends in the 39th minute when captain Philipp Lahm collected the ball 25-yards out, and slammed a swerving strike past Sifakis’s left hand. (Watch Angela Merkel’s reaction) Ten minutes into the second half and Hellas stirred up hell: a lightning counter from the Greeks ending when Georgios Samaras got on the end of Salpingidis cross on the break. Parity was short-lived as Germany built a patient attack which was karate-kicked home by Sami Khedira. In the 67th it was 3-1 Germany as a fre-kick was headed home by Miroslav Klose amid poor Greek defending. Germany sent out a message of intent going 4-1 up in the 73rd as an umpteenth attack was slammed home on the volley by starlet Marco Reus. Two minutes from time a (harsh?) penalty was awarded for a Boateng handball, and Dimitris Salpingidis scored the first penalty of Euro 2012.

Gif: Angela Merkel celebrates after Philipp Lahm puts Germany 1-up against Greece

Gif: Joachim Löw’s crazy hand-ringing celebration after Lahm’s goal put Germany ahead vs Greece

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