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Germans blast Greeks

02:59 AM Jun 02, 2019 |

Gdansk/ Poland Germany booked their place in the last four of Euro 2012 as Joachim Loews side hammered Greece 4- 2 after dominating their quarter- final.

Germany ran riot on Friday as captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, veteran stri

ker Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus all got on the score- sheet to cancel out Giorgos Samarasalt39and Dimitris Salpingidisalt39secondhalf strikes for the Greeks.

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Germany will now play England or Italy, who meet in Sundays Kiev quarter- final, in the semi- final at Warsaws National Stadium on Thursday as they inflicted Greeces heaviest defeat at a European championships.

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It eclipsed the Greeksalt393- 1 defeat at the hands of Czechoslovakia in 1980.

The Germans dominated at Arena Gdansk with 700 first- half passes completed compared to the Greeks 70 and the Germansalt39ball possession never dropped below 60 per cent.

‘That was a class performance from the team to reach the semi- finals for the fourth time in a row,’said Loew with the Germans having reached the semi- finals at both the last two World Cups and lost the Euro 2008 final.

‘We can be proud of the team, it was clear that the Greeks could make something out of nothing.”We failed to take an early lead, but we did not panic.”There were a few changes and I thought I had to change things after three wins.’Loew pulled off a prematch triple surprise by leaving out striker Mario Gomez, plus forwards Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller in a bold move.

Klose won his 120th cap to come in for Gomez to claim his 64th international goal leaving him just four short of Gerd Muellers all- time Germany record.

Borussia Dortmundbound Reus capped his first Euro 2012 appearance with a goal at Muellers expense to win only his seventh cap while Bayer Leverkusens Andre Schuerrle took Lukas Podolskis place on the left wing.

Book their place in Euro semis

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