Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, 22.06.2012
Lahm 39., Khedira 61., Klose 68, Reus 74. / Samaras 55., Salpingidis pen 89.
Having picked up maximum points in the group stage – a first for any German team in the European Championships – Joachim Löw’s side hopped across the border into Poland to face Greece, the surprise runners-up in Group A. After a draw against co-hosts Poland and a 2-1 defeat to eventual group winners Czech Republic, Portuguese coach Fernando Santos’ side had engineered the shock of the tournament so far in overturning a highly-fancied Russia 1-0 to make the last eight.
Germany’s only other game against the Greeks at the Euros had produced a dull 0-0 draw in 1980, but this time around it was completely different with both sides finding the back of the net half a dozen times between them as Germany swept to an exciting – if not exactly emphatic – 4-2 victory.
Germany: Neuer – Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm (c) – Khedira, Schweinsteiger – Reus (80. Götze), Özil, Schürrle (67. Müller) – Klose (80. Gómez)
Greece: Sifakis – Torosidis, K. Papadopoulos, Sokratis, Tzavellas (46. Fortakis) – Katsouranis, Makos (72. Liberopoulos), Maniatis – Salpingidis, Samaras – Ninis (46. Gekas)
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Assistants: Primož Arhar, Matej Žunič (Slovenia)
Goal Assistants: Slavko Vinčić, Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Stéphane Lannoy (France)
Yellow Cards: – / Samaras 14., Papastathopoulos 75.
Red Cards: – / –
Attempts on Target: 15 / 5
Attempts off Target: 10 / 4
Corners: 10 / 1
Fouls Committed: 9 / 10