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Germany 4 Greece 2: Sparkling Germans a step Klose to the prize
Posted Saturday, June 23, 2012 by Dailymail

Germany 4 Greece 2: Sparkling Germans a step Klose to the prize
Blue is the colour: Greece came out fighting in the second half, celebrating Samaras' 55th-minute strike

They are playmakers who should force automaton cliches to wilt and they imposed a pass-andweave pattern that did not alter.

Ozil, Reus twice, Klose and Khedira all could have scored before Lahm did. But in the 39th minute Greek resistance was broken.

Bursting past two blue shirts and with the ball sitting up to be hit, Lahm, the left back, used his right foot to drill a swerving 20-yard shot away from Sifakis' despairing hand.

Schurrle nearly made it 2-0 in first-half injury-time but the expectation of a procession was rudely interrupted by Dimitris Salpingidis and Samaras.

The former broke and slid in a low cross that Samaras met just before Jerome Boateng.
The stadium, and Germany, were in shock. It did not last. A devastating 13-minute spell was unleashed during which Ozil swooped and swooned.

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    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
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    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
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