Euro 2012: Germany routs Greece 4-2 to reach semifinals

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“We scored twice. We did what we could,” Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos said. “Maybe we could have been a bit more careful but we fought hard, we fought for the whole of Greece.”

It was the 15th consecutive competitive victory for Germany, starting with the win over Uruguay for third place at the 2010 World Cup.

Salpigidis scored from the penalty spot after Boateng handled the ball.

Germany coach Joachim Loew dropped his three main forwards for the match, including leading striker Mario Gomez, but their replacements did just fine.

Klose constantly troubled the Greek defense and linked up well with Oezil and Andre Schuerrle.

Greece had one major change in its lineup, but it was because of suspension. Captain Giorgos Karagounis sat out the match after picking up a yellow card in the 1-0 win over Russia for diving.

Without him in the midfield, the Germans had little trouble controlling the play and creating chance after chance.

“We made it to the last eight and this is very important,” Papastathopoulos said. “The Netherlands didn’t make it and we are talking about a very big country in football terms.”

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