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4 vs 2
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June 22, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
PGE Arena Gdańsk — Gdańsk
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
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Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Germany 4-2 Greece

Goal.com assesses the individuals on hand as the Mannschaft booked their place in the semi-final following their win in Gdansk

By Clark Whitney in Gdansk

  • Manuel Neuer
    66
    12
    3.00

    Manuel Neuer

    A frustrating night for the goalkeeper, who watched his teammates struggle in attack, but could do little to help for most of the match. Quick off his line when he had to be, and dealt well with the minimal danger that came his way.

  • Mats Hummels
    108
    11
    3.50

    Mats Hummels

    Very rarely put in a position to make a key intervention, but there were times when play started to open up and he was forced to react quickly. Following a fourth flawless performance, he has to be in the running for the label of Euro 2012's best player.

  • Holger Badstuber
    55
    19
    3.00

    Holger Badstuber

    Like Hummels, had little to do in defense. Was caught away from Salpingidis once, but bailed out by Neuer. Otherwise kept things tidy at the back.

  • Philipp Lahm
    118
    6
    4.00

    Philipp Lahm

    It was a frustrating evening for the Germans until the end of the first half, when the captain delivered the critical goal that opened up the game. A critical moment for the captain, whose leadership has in the past come into question.

  • Jerome Boateng
    47
    53
    1.50

    Jerome Boateng

    Offered little going forward, but his value was meant to be felt in defense. Nullified Samaras for most of the game, but in failed in two critical instances, each of which led to a Greece goal.

  • Sami Khedira
    134
    9
    4.00

    Sami Khedira Top of the Match

    Another tidy display from the Real Madrid man. Stung Sifakis' hands with a couple strong shots, and played Reus through on goal in one instance. Came up aces in the second half as he volleyed home to make it 2-1.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    48
    55
    2.00

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    A poor game by the vice captain's lofty standards. Misplaced too many passes, and showed Katsouranis the way towards goal after needlessly conceding possession.

  • Mesut Özil
    121
    64
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Delivered some very nice passes, but as in recent games, he struggled to make an impact in the final third. Had a good chance to break the deadlock midway through the first half, but fired straight at Sifakis.

  • Marco Reus
    109
    11
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Had everything but a goal in the first half - helped Ozil with the playmaking and came close to hitting the target a couple of times. Finally claimed his goal as he volleyed home an excellent strike.

  • Andre Schürrle
    55
    39
    3.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Had trouble imposing himself early, but became more influential after the opener. Torosidis couldn't handle his inside runs, and the Leverkusen man three times came close to curling in a goal before halftime.

  • Miroslav Klose
    121
    11
    3.50

    Miroslav Klose

    Was never going to win the physical battle or be afforded much space in the box, but played within his means. Delivered a few simple touches and flicks that connected nicely with the wingers. Came to life when the game opened up in the second half, and scored with a fine header.

Substitutions

  • Mario Götze
    41
    12

    Mario Götze

    Came on for the final minutes of the game, but had minimal impact.

  • Thomas Müller
    37
    20
    2.50

    Thomas Müller

    Came off the bench for the latter stages of the match, but had no more luck than he had in the previous games. Still not at peak form

  • Mario Gomez
    33
    18

    Mario Gomez

    Caused some trouble for the Greek defense with his physicality, but never really had an opportunity to score.

  • Michalis Sifakis
    12
    41
    1.50

    Michalis Sifakis Flop of the Match

    Had a bit of a nightmare as he fumbled a couple shots before failing to keep out Lahm's goal, which could have been saved. His woes compounded later as he was in no-man's land as Klose made it 3-1.

  • Giannis Maniatis
    6
    22
    2.00

    Giannis Maniatis

    Held his territory well early, but was caught out of position as Germany counter-attacked in the second half. Caught napping as Khedira stepped in front of him to score.

  • Georgios Tzavellas
    6
    21
    2.00

    Georgios Tzavellas

    The Frankfurt man did well to contain Reus in wide areas, but was replaced at half-time. Greece's real problem, it should be noted, was in the interior.

  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos
    11
    24
    1.50

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos

    Did enough in defense when the score was 0-0, but things soon fell apart for the Schalke man. Beaten to a header as Klose scored, then out-run by the aging striker before Reus' goal.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    5
    20
    2.00

    Vasilis Torosidis

    Guarded his area well at 0-0, but when the game began to open up, he struggled to contain Schurrle.

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    12
    17
    3.00

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    The better of the center backs, the Bremen man was not particularly at fault for any goal , and made some aggressive challenges.

  • Grigoris Makos
    6
    19
    2.00

    Grigoris Makos

    Played almost like a center back early, but had no choice but to move forward once Greece fell behind, and this was when his deficiencies were exposed. Forced to play more forward, he was caught out often.

  • Sotiris Ninis
    7
    24
    2.00

    Sotiris Ninis

    Never had a chance in attack and could not contain Lahm - hooked at halftime.

  • Kostas Katsouranis
    8
    18
    3.00

    Kostas Katsouranis

    The captain showed real leadership at 0-0 as he ran hard and defended very well, even in his own box. Surprised Schweinsteiger as he won the ball in his attacking half, but then could make nothing of his chance.

  • Georgios Samaras
    31
    21
    3.50

    Georgios Samaras

    Always aggressive, the Celtic man served as a second left back for long spells. He waited patiently for his chance to strike, and took it as he scored the vital equalizer.

  • Dimitris Salpingidis
    26
    13
    3.50

    Dimitris Salpingidis

    Had no joy in the center as a lone striker with little service. Found a way to involve himself in wide areas, however - he intelligently darted behind Lahm before assisting the equalizer at 1-1. Coolly struck home the late penalty, as well.

Substitutions

  • Giorgios Fotakis
    7
    17
    3.00

    Giorgios Fotakis

    Came on at halftime and shored up the defense on the flank. A tidy display.

  • Nikolaos Liberopoulos
    3
    19
    2.50

    Nikolaos Liberopoulos

    The veteran came on for Makos for the final 18 minutes and had minimal impact.

  • Theofanis Gekas
    6
    21
    2.00

    Theofanis Gekas

    Came on for Ninis after halftime as Greece looked for the equalizer, but was not dynamic enough to beat the German defense.

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