The second Euro 2012 quarter final was between Germany and Greece. The media made it into a economic powerhouse vs bankrupt nation game, but for the 22 players on the field only scoring or preventing goals were of any importance. Germany were the heavy favorites and throughout the 90 minutes they showed us why. Slick passing, excellent positional play and 4 goals scored against a very stubborn Greek defence. To be fair, the Greeks were never in with a shout in this game. They’re just too poor to make it count against a young and hungry team such as this Germany, who could go on to win it in my opinion. [57 photos total]

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Fan of Greece waits for the start of their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Soccer supporters of Germany cheer before their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece soccer fan with a painted face is pictured ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer match against Germany ahead of Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #
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Soccer supporters of Germany cheer before their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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A Greece soccer fan blows a kiss before the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Fans of Germany cheer before the start of their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Fan of Greece wearing a reproduction of an ancient Greek Corinthian helmet cheers before the start of their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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A soccer fan of Germany smiles before their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece fans cheer before the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Fans of Germany hold a giant national flag before the start of the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Players of team Germany pose for a team picture before their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Players of team Greece pose for a team picture before their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Klose scores a goal, which was later disallowed, next to his team mate Schuerrle and past Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Klose and Schuerrle fall over Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Schweinsteiger challenges Greece's Maniatis during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira attacks Greece's Sifakis past Maniatis and Tzavellas during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's coach Loew gestures next to Greece's coach Santos during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis is tended to by team doctors after knocking his head during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Match referee Skomina of Slovenia shows a yellow card to Greece's Samaras during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Reus sits on the ground after falling over during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk, (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Schweinsteiger challenges Greece's Samaras during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Grigoris Makos tackles Germany's Miroslav Klose during their quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm scores a goal during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm scores a goal against Greece's Sifakis past Papadopoulos during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis fails to save a goal by Germany's Lahm during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis fails to save a goal by Germany's Lahm during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm and Reus celebrate after Lahm scored a goal during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis reacts after Germany's Lahm scored a goal during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm celebrates after he scored a goal during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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German Chancellor Merkel and DFB president Niersbach celebrate during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match between Germany and Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Tzavellas reacts after Germany scored the opening goal during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Schuerrle challenges Greece's Salpingidis during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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A Greece supporter watches the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match between Greece and Germany in Berlin (THOMAS PETER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras scores a goal past Germany's Neuer during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras celebrates after scoring a goal past Germany's goalkeeper Neuer during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Samaras celebrates after scoring a goal against Germany's Neuer next to Boateng during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece players celebrate the goal of Giorgos Samaras against Germany during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's goalkeeper Neuer reacts after Greece equalised with a goal by Samaras during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira scores a goal against Greece during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis fails to save a goal by Germany's Khedira during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira scores a goal past Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis lies on ground as Germany's Khedira celebrates his goal during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira celebrates his goal with Schuerrle during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira celebrates with his team mates after scoring a goal against Greece during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Miroslav Klose scores their third goal during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm and Klose celebrate a goal during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Klose celebrates after scoring a goal against Greece during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Greece supporters react after Germany scored against Greece in their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at Greek bar in Berlin (THOMAS PETER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Reus is embraced by Oezil after he scored the fourth goal against Greece during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Reus shakes hands with coach Loew after substitution during the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Greece's goalkeeper Sifakis reacts during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Salpingidis scores a goal on penalty against Germany's Neuer during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Dimitris Salpingidis celebrates after scoring a penalty kick against Germany during their Euro2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Oezil jumps over Greece's Salpingidis during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Lahm, Mueller, Boateng, and Gomez celebrate a victory during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Greece at PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Greece's Karagounis, who missed the match through suspension, acknowledges supporters as Greece's Papastathopoulos reacts after losing their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Germany at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany soccer supporters react after their team scored at the fan zone in Gdansk (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #

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