Germany v Greece player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Euro 2012 match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk

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Following the match between Germany and Greece we take a look at how the individual players performed.

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GERMANY

Manuel Neuer:

Had little to do in the game except pick ball out of his own net but faultless for both goals. 6/10

Jerome Boateng:

Looked to get forward down the right as often as possible and provided some great crosses from the right including the assist for Khedira’s goal. Unlucky to concede a penalty for handball. 7

Mats Hummels:

Germany’s most impressive defender of the tournament was rarely tested but looked fairly impressive once again. Made excellent last-ditch tackle on Samaras late-on. 6

Holger Badstuber:

Had little to do at the back but showed good awareness to break up several Greek counter attacks. 6

Philipp Lahm:

After a fairly quiet start to the game, Germany’s captain was the man to finally break Greece’s determined early resistance with a spectacular swerving strike and proved to be a constant threat down the left. Rarely tested in defence although caught out of position for Samaras’ goal. 7

Sami Khedira:

Along with Özil was Germany’s best midfielder, playing several excellent through balls and hitting some powerful long-range strikes. Restored Germany’s lead with a fantastic leaping volley. 8

Bastian Schweinsteiger:

The Bayern Munich midfielder was not at his imperious best and was guilty of giving the ball away sloppily on several occasions early on. However still played important role in dominant German midfield. 6

Marco Reus:

Very impressive in first competitive start, playing crucial role in Germany’s dazzling one-touch attacking play and creating several good first half chances. Rewarded for effort with well taken volleyed goal for Germany’s fourth. 7

Mesut Özil:

Another excellent performance from the Real Madrid man who was the creative heart of Germany’s attacking play. His movement and passing were a constant menace to the Greek defence. 8

Andre Schürrle:

Started brightly and perhaps unfortunate to have early goal ruled out for offside but was the least impressive of Germany’s three changes. Looked dangerous at times down the right but guilty of giving the ball away too often. Replaced by Müller after 67 minutes. 6

Miroslav Klose:

Restored to the starting line-up, Germany’s veteran marksman did not disappoint. A more mobile option up front than Mario Gomez, his probing runs tested the Greek defence. Added to his prolific goal tally by scoring Germany’s third. 7

Best off the bench – Thomas Müller:

Made little impact after coming on and his position could be under threat for Germany’s semi-final. 5

GREECE

Michalis Sifakis:

A night to forget for Greece’s goalkeeper who seemed unable to hold onto the ball. Fortunate not to concede when spilling several long-range efforts and powerless to prevent Lahm’s powerful swerving effort but his dismal failure to collect the ball from a corner allowed Klose to score Germany’s third. 4/10

Vassilas Torosidis:

Failed to close down Lahm for Germany’s first goal but otherwise played reasonably well. Won fortuitous penalty late on when cross hit Boateng. 6

Sokratis Papastathopoulos:

Part of determined early Greek defensive effort but ultimately overrun by deadly German attack. 6

Kyriakos Papadopoulos:

Made several good clearances as Greece thwarted Germany early on but could not keep them out forever. His mistimed jump allowed Klose to score from corner. 6

Georgios Tzavelas:

Got forward well on one occasion but struggled to deal with Marco Reus. Replaced at half time. 5

Giannis Maniatis:

Made little impact on the game, dominated by German midfield in the first half and overrun by German attack when slotting into defence in second half. 5

Kostantinos Katsouranis:

Looked bright early on for Greece, making several good tackles and playing some lovely through balls to try and spark counter attacks but faded as the game went on. 6

Dimitris Salpingidis:

Probably Greece’s best player, his surging run and excellent pass set up Samaras’ goal on the counter and got on the scoresheet himself with late penalty. 7

Grigorios Makos:

Largely anonymous and failed to have little impact on the game apart from an weak long-range shot early on. Replaced by Nikos Liberopoulos after 71 minutes. 5

Sotirios Ninis:

Showed glimpses of talent on return to team and forced a save from Neuer with an ambitious long range shot. Perhaps a little unfortunate to be substituted at half time. 6

Georgios Samaras:

Perhaps a little too enthusiastic with several heavy early challenges and struggled to make as much of an impact as in his last game but once again put in a hard-working performance and was rewarded for his tireless running with a rare goal. 7

Best off the bench – Giorgios Fotakis:

Created Greece’s first goal with lovely pass to Salpingidis and tested Neuer on one occasion with long-range shot. 6

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