Germany got three second-half goals to take a 4-1 lead over Greece in their quarterfinal of soccer’s European Championship.
Marco Reus smashed a shot in off the crossbar in the 74th minute to extend the German control. He scored six minutes after Miroslav Klose headed in, which followed a Sami Khedira goal in the 61st minute to allow the Germans to retake the lead.
The Greeks had tied the match 1-1 when Giorgos Samaras knocked in a cross from Dimitris Salpingidis in the 55th minute. Captain Philipp Lahm had given Germany a first half advantage by cutting in from the wing to hit a shot past outstretched Greek goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis in the match in Gdansk, Poland.
Germany had 70 percent of possession in the first half, and had several chances to score before Lahm’s goal. The Greeks tried to frustrate their opponents by keeping 9 or 10 players in their half to defend.
Germany made it to tonight’s quarterfinal as the sole team to win all three matches in the tournament’s opening group round. Greece advanced by beating Russia 1-0 on the final day of the opening stage.
The teams have met eight times, with the 2004 European champion Greece never beating Germany, which has won 5 of the matches and tied the others, according to statistics from FIFA, the sport’s governing body.
Last night, Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 to become the first team to reach the semifinals.