By Mike O’Brien
We have one quarter finalist confirmed so far after Portugal came through as deserved winners last night against Czech Republic. Tonight’s match Germany V Greece houses one of the stand out favourites to lift the trophy in Kiev in nine days time. Many people fancy Germany to go all the way meanwhile no-one tipped Greece to even make it through the group stage so general consensus clearly gives this game to the Germans.
With joint top scorer Mario Gomez upfront for the Germans and them looking as efficient as ever, they look more than capable of overcoming Greece. The very strong offensive options for the Germans will be the key factor in this game with them possibly needing to change their strategy with Greece being expected to be very defensive in an attempt to hit Germany on the attack.
Having been described as lucky to have gotten through the group, not many people are giving Greece a chance but I for one can see the possibility of a shock being on the cards. Despite having nothing more than mediocre players and some less than mediocre players, Greece overcame the heavily favoured Russians and will tonight face their biggest test in Germany. But the one thing Greece have been commended about is their defensive capabilities and it may just be enough to frustrate the German’s long enough to catch them on the counter.
No doubting that the idea of Greece going through is a hard one to imagine, but they surprised us all back in 2004 when they went on and beat Portugal in the final that year and a potential final between Portugal and Greece is technically on the cards for this year aswell. I predict a game very similar to Germany V Portugal from earlier on in the tournament. Lots of German pressure and not many goals.