The match between Greece and Germany in Gdansk within the European Football Championship 2012 began dynamically. In the 3rd minute after an unused chance, the Germans scored a goal against Greece but it was not recognized because it was off side.
Although the Germans are the favourites in the match, the Greek national team has many supporters too. One of them is the legendary Maradona, who said that since Leonidas was able to stand against 10,000 Persians with 300 Greeks, then 11 Greeks could cope with 11 Germans.
In the 14th minute, Samaras tried to stop a German forward, but came across his leg. It was ruled a penalty kick for Germany but gave no result. A minute later, Samaras got a yellow card for a foul.
Between the 22nd and 25th minute, the Germans had four opportunities in front of the Greek goal but failed to score even once. The Greek defenders saved the situation twice, the goalkeeper Sifakis showed strong professionalism too and the last attempt of this series was far from the goal. This made Fernando Sanchez nervous, who shouted from the bench instructions to his players.
In the 39th minute, Germany managed to effectively break through the defence and although Sifakis tried to stop it, the ball went in Greece's goal.
The judge added three extra minutes to the first half, but the result remained unchanged. After the first half, the cameras showed how German Chancellor Angela Merkel left the stands with a slight smile.
The American host of Greek origin, Maria Menounos, is among the supporters of the blue national team and commented on Twitter:
In the first five minutes of the second half, Greece started with new powers and made the score equal. George Samaras scored a quick and clean goal against Germany and raised the Mediterraneans’ spirits.
Wise-crackers commented online that when Samaras scored a goal "The eye of the tiger" should have been played. This joke is equally associated with the prime minister and the player - Prime Minister Antonis Samaras may have eye problems, but striker George Samaras is as accurate as Rocky’s hand.
The joy of the Greeks did not last long after Germany took the lead in the 61st minute. Khedira broke through and made the result 2:1 for Germany. The ball threatened the German goal two minutes later, but passed high over the crossbar. In the 68th minute, the Germans gained a strong lead with 3:1 and in the 74th minute, the result of the match between Germany and Greece became 4:1.
The Greek fans did not rush to blame the national team. Words of encouragement appeared in the social networks and a friend of GRReporter posted on Twitter, "It is no shame to lose the match to a team that could win the Cup of Euro2012".
In the 89th minute, Salpigidis scored the second goal for Greece from a penalty kick and the match ended with 4:2 for Germany.
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