The second quarter final of the Euro 2012 tournament will be decided today between powerhouses and group of death winners Germany, and group A runners up Greece. Yesterday the Czech Republic went down to Portugal in somewhat boring fashion, hopefully this one is a little more entertaining.
Greece went into their final Group A match with only one point overall, sitting last in the group. Things looked bleak, against group favourites Russia, everyone was pretty much writing them off (just like in 2004). That was all until their captain Karagounis pounded home the game-winner in first-half injury time. After that, they were able to hold off and eliminate Russia, and here we are. The Greeks were giant killers in Euro 2004, which they won against all odds. Can they do the same thing to the Germans?
Germany came out of the group of death unscathed, the only team in the tournament to do so. Everyone knows they are heavy favourites for this game, but history has shown anything can happen in this sport. In the group stages, Germany looked to have ventured away from the full-on attacking style that we witnessed in World Cup 2010, and played more of a ball control game, poking holes in the defense when they could. That could potentially be because Denmark and Portugal went into shell defenses without even scoring a goal. That being said, Germany won all their games without even playing that great. It’s kind of scary when you think about it, they won the group of death without hitting their stride.
Expect Greece to plan to defend and counter attack, not allowing Germany anything easy in terms of crosses to the middle. They may have learned something from Portugal, as they were able to put 11 men in the box against Germany and make things extremely difficult for them. But, this is the knockout stage, and chances are you will not proceed to the semis unless you score a goal. The Greeks need to score, they don’t want to go to penalties with the Germans. We doubt it will even come to that though, as Germany will find a way.
Prediction: Germany wins 2-0