Today at Euro 2012: Germany v Greece


Click to follow
The Independent Football

Costas Katsouranis will wear the captain's armband for Greece against the tournament favourites tonight, in place of the suspended Giorgos Karagounis. The left-back Jose Holebas also misses out after two group-stage bookings.

Germany have Jerome Boateng back from suspension and he is likely to play at right-back in place of Lars Bender. Apart from that, Joachim Löw is expected to name the team that beat Denmark. The Germans have now won 14 straight competitive games.

Kick-off 7.45pm, Gdansk (ITV1) Ref D Skomina (Slvn) Odds: Germany 1-3 Draw 4-1 Greece 10-1

Player to watch: Dimitris Salpigidis

A half-time substitute in Greece's opening game, against Poland, Dimitris Salpigidis burst on to the Euro 2012 scene. Within six minutes of his introduction he had equalised, capitalising on Wojciech Szczesny's error. Soon after that, he won a penalty – providing the injection of flair the Greeks desperately needed.

Operating from wide, Salpigidis, (right) gives coach Fernando Santos an extra dimension to deploy in a team widely derided as pretty dire to watch.

At 30 he is an old head but he was not a member of the Euro 2004-winning side. He has guile in possession – crucial to a team who spend most of the time without the ball. Salpigidis drives into the box and looks to bring others into play, especially Theofanis Gekas.

The two men, along with Georgios Samaras, have a good understanding. Salpigidis's quick-thinking on the counter will be crucial if they are to beat Germany.