Germany knock Greece out of Euros

Sami Khedira restored Germany's lead on 61 minutes with one of the goals of the tournament so far.

Story highlights

  • Germany beat Greece 4-2 in Euro 2012 quarterfinal
  • Philip Lahm put Germans in front before Giorgios Samaras' shock leveller
  • Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus restored German advantage
  • Dimitris Salpingidis netted consolation penalty for Greece
Germany 4-2 Greece
Germany cruised into the semifinals of Euro 2012 as Greece's unlikely run in the tournament was ruthlessly brought to a halt in Gdansk.
Philip Lahm's long-range strike, Sami Khedira's superb volley, Miroslav Klose's header and a Marco Reus thunderbolt sealed a comfortable victory.
The result only looked briefly in doubt when Giorgios Samaras brought Greece level for six minutes in the second half, while Dimitris Salpingidis made the Greek deficit respectable with a late penalty.
Germany's win vindicated a pre-match selection gamble from their manager Joachim Low, who surprisingly rested his three main attackers Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller and Lukas Podolski.
They will all expect to return to the starting line-up when Germany take on either England or Italy in next Thursday's semifinal.
"I thought I had to change things after three wins," said Low following the victory.
"That was a class performance. We failed to take an early lead, but we did not panic. We can be proud of the team."