Germany: Euro 2012 champions elect?
GERMANY’S 4-2 victory over Greece maintains their 100% record at Euro 2012 with four wins in four.
And with a maximum of two games left, the signs are already looking ominous for the teams remaining in the competition.
It all started in their opening group clash with Portugal. Both sides showed nothing too special to worry others, but as time wore on, you felt there was a goal ‘in it’. And there was, late on, with Mario Gomez’s header enough to claim the victory.
Then came Holland, who, prior to the tournament, were tipped as possible winners, but were easily brushed aside by Joachim Loew’s outfit, again thanks to Gomez who scored twice in a 2-1 win.
Finally, Denmark threatened to spoil the party, and, at one stage could have sent the Germans packing, but a late effort from full-back Lars Bender ensured qualification for the quarter final was secured, as group winners.
Loew warned pundits and supporters alike after the win that the Germans would only improve, as Greece found to their cost.
So, from being potentially a kick away from going home, Germany are now in the semi-finals and looking arguably favourites for the title.
On paper and on the field, there is strength all round, and there is strength in depth, shown by the fact that Loew left out three of his main players against the Greeks.
They are organised, efficient and effective in everything they do.
The quarter final win was the Germans’ 15th straight win in competitive games.
It’s going to take someone very special to stop them.