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Euro 2012: Germany hammers Greece for a place in semis

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Germany booked their place in the last four of Euro 2012 as Joachim Loew's side hammered Greece 4-2 in Gdansk, Poland on Friday after dominating their quarter-final. 

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German defender Philipp Lahm (R) shoots and scores past Greek goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Germany vs Greece at the Gdansk Arena. AFP


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Euro 2012: Germany hammers Greece for a place in semis

Germany booked their place in the last four of Euro 2012 as Joachim Loew's side hammered Greece 4-2 in Gdansk, Poland on Friday after dominating their quarter-final.

Germany ran riot as captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, veteran striker Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus all got on the score-sheet to cancel out Giorgos Samaras' and Dimitris Salpingidis' second-half strikes for the Greeks.

German midfielder Sami Khedira shoots the ball. AFP

Germany will now play England or Italy, who meet in Sunday's Kiev quarter-final, in the semi-final at Warsaw's National Stadium on Thursday as they inflicted Greece's heaviest defeat at a European championships.

The Germans dominated at Arena Gdansk with 700 first-half passes completed compared to the Greeks 70 and the Germans' ball possession never dropped below 60 percent.

Greece coach Fernando Santos brought in Grigris Makos for suspended captain Giorgos Karagounis, who scored the winning goal against Russia which put the Euro 2004 winners in the last eight, with midfielder Kostas Katsouranis named as skipper.

Loew pulled off a pre-match triple surprise by leaving out striker Mario Gomez, plus forwards Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller in a bold move.

Klose won his 120th cap to come in for Gomez to claim his 64th international goal leaving him just four short of Gerd Mueller's all-time Germany record.

Reus capped his first Euro 2012 appearance with a goal at Mueller's expense to win only his seventh cap while Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schuerrle took Lukas Podolski's place on the left wing.

With the Germans enjoying 70 percent ball possession in the first half, the goal they had been threatening came on 39 minutes when Lahm burst through the left side of the Greek defence and fired home from the edge of the area.

It was a carbon copy of the goal Lahm scored against Costa Rica, the first of the 2006 World Cup, and his fifth for his country on his 90th appearance.

Greece coach Fernando Santos added an extra forward after the break with Sotiris Ninis making way for Fanis Gekas and midfielder Giorgos Fotakis on for defender Giorgos Tzavellas.

Greek forward Giorgios Samaras (centre) scores as German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer fails to stop the Greek from equalising. AFP

The switch paid off when Samaras slipped his marker Jerome Boateng to bundle the ball home from the cross of Salpingidis, who outpaced Lahm on the right flank on 55 minutes.

But Germany reclaimed the lead thanks to a volley from Real Madrid's Khedira whose late run connected with Boateng's cross to leave Sifakis with no chance.

German forward Miroslav Klose and German forward André Schuerrle (C) vie in front of the net of Greek goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis. AFP

Klose added to his impressive tally with a header from a Ozil free-kick on 68 minutes, while Reus scored the fourth when Klose latched onto Ozil's pass, forcing Sifakis into a save.

But the ball fell to the Reus, who hit the net on 74 minutes.

With time almost up Salpingidis scored from the penalty spot after Boateng's foul, but it was too little, too late.

hammer – to hit very hard; to defeat an opponent by a large score กระแทก, ทุบ
semi-finals (or semifinals) – one of the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition  การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ
dominate – to be in control  ครอบคลุม ควบคุม
quarter-finals – competitions between the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
run riot – to behave in a way that is violent and/or not under control, in this case, to have complete control in a football match ควบคุมไม่ได้
veteran – a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity ผู้อาวุโส
inflict – to cause something bad to happen to someone or something ทำให้เสียหาย
defeat – a loss in a competition ความพ่ายแพ้
possession – control of the ball การครองบอล
suspended – not allowed to participate for a period of time
skipper – the captain or manager of a team ผู้นำทีม
triple – three of something  สาม
bold – confident and unafraid of risk  มั่นใจ กล้าเผชิญอันตราย
cap – a cap given to somebody who is chosen to play for a school, country, etc; a player chosen to play for their country, etc
appearance – an occasion when you participate in a competition การเข้าร่วม, การปรากฏตัว
threaten – to put at risk; to put in danger, in this case, the opponent’s goal ทำให้ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
burst – to move or break into a place very suddenly พังเข้า,  รีบเข้า
defence – the players who must prevent the other team from scoring; the position of these players on the sports field  ผู้ป้องกัน
edge – the outside limit of an object, a surface or an area; the part furthest from the centre ขอบ, ริม, เส้นขอบ
the (penalty) area – penalty box or area; the area in front of the goal เขตโทษ
carbon copy – a person or thing that is very similar to somebody/something else  เหมือนกัน, คล้ายกัน, ทำนองเดียวกัน
switch – a change การเปลี่ยน
pay off – to be successful and bring good results ประสบความสำเร็จ
slip – to get away from or escape from ออกไปเงียบๆ, หลบไปเงียบๆ
marker – a player whose job is to defend against an opponent ผู้ป้องกัน
bundle home – to score a goal
outpace – to move faster than somebody/something ไปเร็วกว่า
flank – at the side of someone or something ด้านข้าง
reclaim – to take back something that was yours เรียกกลับคืน, เอากลับ
lead – the position ahead of everyone else in a race or competition  ตำแหน่งนำ
volley – kicking (or hitting) the ball before it touches the ground  ตีวอล์เลย์
cross – (in football) the action of kicking the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side เตะบอลขวางสนาม
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
tally – a record or count of a number of items, in this case, goals การบันทึกจำนวน
latch on to – to become connected to something; to take control of a ball that is passed to you
run riot – to behave in a way that is violent and/or not under control ควบคุมไม่ได้

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