Germany vs. Greece in Gdansk
How they got here: Germany was the only team to obtain the maximum nine points in the group stage. They defeated Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark by one-goal margins. Greece went into their third game with only one point after a draw against Poland and loss to Czech Republic. Greece still had a chance to qualify with a win against Russia and the pulled off the upset to finish second in Group A.
Germany player to watch: Bastian Schweinsteiger- The holding midfielder has created a great duo with Sami Khedira to allow Mesut Ozil to be creative. Schweinsteiger will make sure Germany controls the possession against Greece and stop any Greek counterattacks.
Greece player to watch: Kyriakos Papadopoulos- The defender is playing against familiar players. Papadopoulos plays his club soccer for Schalke 04. A majority of Germany’s starting lineup played against Papadopoulos in the Bundesliga so he has the scouting report against Germany’s key players.
Germany strategy: Germany will play like they did in their 2-1 win over Denmark, but with a little more urgency. Germany can’t let Greece stay around because they could capitalize on one mistake.
Greece strategy: Unfortunately, Greece will be without inspirational captain Giorgos Karagounis because he accumulated two yellow cards in the three group matches. Greece will have to play the way they did against Russia and hope for the results they produced at Euro 2004.
Prediction: Germany 2, Greece 0