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Germany vs. Greece: Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Open Thread

Angela Merkel is delighted to make her first ever appearance on OAM.
Angela Merkel is delighted to make her first ever appearance on OAM.
Euro 2012 Quarterfinal #2
Friday, June 22, 2:45 PM EDT
PGE Arena, Gdansk, Poland coverage: hier/εδώ

Yesterday's match was surprisingly decent, so here's an open thread for your enjoyment of the second Euro 2012 quarterfinal, the Eurozone Crisis grudgematch between Germany and Greece.

The Germans cleaned up in Group B, winning all three matches for the first time in their history at the European Championships. Greece squeaked through by beating Russia in their final group match, only the second time they've ever made it out of the group in four appearances at the Euros. The only other time the Greeks have gotten past the first phase was 2004, when they won the tournament against hosts Portugal.

Reputable sources (not just Bild) are reporting that Germany will go with Miroslav Klose, Andre Schürrle, and Marco Reus, in place of Mario Gómez, Lukas Podolski, and Thomas Müller. Radical switches by Löw if true -- and they have been confirmed.


Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Andre Schürrle, Mesut Özil, Marco Reus; Miroslav Klose

Bench: Tim Wiese, Ron-Robert Zieler, Marcel Schmelzer, Benedikt Höwedes, Per Mertesacker, Ilkay Gündogan, Thomas Müller, Lars Bender, Toni Kroos, Mario Götze, Lukas Podolski, Mario Gómez.

Greece (4-4-2?): Michalis Sifakis; Vasilis Torosidis, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Giorgios Tzavellas; Grigoris Makos, Ioannis Maniatis, Kostas Katsouranis, Sotiris Ninis; Dimitris Salpingidis, Georgios Samaras.

Bench: Kostas Chalkias, Alexandros Tzorvas, Stelios Malezas, Georgios Fotakis, Kostas Fortounis, Giannis Fetfatzidis, Nikos Liberopoulos, Kostas Mirtroglou, Theofanis Gekas

May the nation with the best balance of trade win.