Winners of Group B, Germany, now face the challenge from the runner up of Group A, Greece - with Germany riding high on three successive victories so far. Greece also have the small problem of their captain facing a one match ban after picking up a yellow card in the game against Russia. There are political tensions surrounding the match but it will come down to the players to get their team through to the semi-finals. Whoever wins will take on the victor of the England/Italy match.

141 responses

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:30

    new page from twitter - https://twitter.com/hashtag/euro2012

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 18:32

    Hallo everybody. Can't wait for Germany and, er, erm, err, Greece... oh, sigh.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:36

    you thinking it might be a bit one-sided? score prediction?

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 18:40

    you thinking it might be a bit one-sided? score prediction?

    3-0, I mean Germany aren't even starting with Muller, Gomez and Podolksi. Although granted they are starting with Andre Schurrle who has currently scored five games in a row for my Bayern team on Football Manager.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 18:40

    you thinking it might be a bit one-sided? score prediction?

    €200bn - 0

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 18:41

    €200bn - 0

    It's already started.... https://twitter.com/simonbirdmirror/status/216238830875983872

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:41

    It's already started.... https://twitter.c…16238830875983872

    :)

    €200bn - 0

    hehehe

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 18:46

    Greece, can't even kick off right.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:47

    jeeeeeez. great start!

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:48

    good pass, but over ran.

    i'm gonna predict 4-0.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 18:48

    The Germans only need to do what is necessary in the first 45, because as we all know, the Greeks take the second half of everything off.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:49

    goal.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 18:49

    G... ohh wait

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:49

    oh. not a goal.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:50

    erm... okay, so how was that offside, he kicked the ball at the keeper.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 18:50

    If the offside man had stopped, the other would've scored it.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 18:52

    erm... okay, so how was that offside, he kicked the ball at the keeper.

    Something to do with phases, its still in the first phase of play.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:53

    Something to do with phases, its still in the first phase of play.

    oh right.

    if you'd asked me before the competition if understood the rule, i'd have said yes. now... not a clue.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 18:53

    Hi all

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:54

    yo chap.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 18:55

    Hi all

    Evening. Bringing goals?

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 18:55

    Lino flagged and the ref blew his whistle, so it was offside :)

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:55

    Lino flagged and the ref blew his whistle, so it was offside :)

    but why did he flag?

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 18:55

    Evening. Bringing goals?

    I don't see this as 0:0

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 18:56

    Because he is confused by the offside law :)

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 18:56

    but why did he flag?

    Lack of stamina?

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:56

    Because he is confused by the offside law :)

    who isn't!

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:56

    Lack of stamina?

    heeeee!!!

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 18:57

    Nothing beats a pitch which has seemingly been rained on for 24 hours.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 18:58

    Nothing beats a pitch which has seemingly been rained on for 24 hours.

    germany playing in green and brown this evening.

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 18:59

    Just to clarify to people, there are no phases in the offide law. It's all about when the ball is played by the attacking team. It's actually very simple.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:00

    germany playing in green and brown this evening.

    When I were a lad there were games where every player on the pitch was brown fro head to toe

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:01

    Just to clarify to people, there are no phases in the offide law. It's all about when the ball is played by the attacking team. It's actually very simple.

    but he kicked the ball at the keeper. can you not shoot for goal when your player is behind the opposition either?

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:01

    Just to clarify to people, there are no phases in the offide law. It's all about when the ball is played by the attacking team. It's actually very simple.

    I have heard referees talking about players being inactive in one phase then active in the next phase

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 19:02

    but he kicked the ball at the keeper. can you not shoot for goal when your player is behind the opposition either?

    The other players were deemed offside when they touched the rebound. A goalkeeper saving the ball is not deemed to have played the ball as he isn't taking a controlled touch.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:02

    The other players were deemed offside when they touched the rebound. A goalkeeper saving the ball is not deemed to have played the ball as he isn't taking a controlled touch.

    oooooh!

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:03

    oooooh!

    how the hell does the linesman keep track of that??

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 19:03

    I have heard referees talking about players being inactive in one phase then active in the next phase

    If they are talking about that, I think they are talking in a very complicated way about touching the ball before and after an I controlled touch by a defensive player.

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 19:04

    *an uncontrolled touch. iOS is stupid!

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 19:05

    So basically, phase 1 would be when the ball is first struck, phase two is after the keeper saves the ball. But in the law, there are no phases. It's a technical term to make referees sound clever.

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 19:06

    BTW, I would say the assistant got it right :-)

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:06

    BTW, I would say the assistant got it right :-)

    now you've explained it. i agree :)

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:09

    useless shot

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:09

    That should have been an easy goal

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 19:09

    useless shot

    Pitch slowed and made it difficult.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:11

    oh my lord.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:11

    Pitch slowed and made it difficult.

    That'll be all that water then

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:11

    Germany have carved Greece wide open. Germany will score soon and then they will keep scoring

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:12

    If they are talking about that, I think they are talking in a very complicated way about touching the ball before and after an I controlled touch by a defensive player.

    Was there not a goal earlier in the tournament that was a shot that deflected off a defenders leg to an offside player who then scored? Can't remember which match (there have been so many).

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:12

    ooh, nice work keeper.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 19:12

    Was there not a goal earlier in the tournament that was a shot that deflected off a defenders leg to an offside player who then scored? Can't remember which match (there have been so many).

    The second Croatian goal against Ireland? Maybe.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:14

    Was there not a goal earlier in the tournament that was a shot that deflected off a defenders leg to an offside player who then scored? Can't remember which match (there have been so many).

    Defenders' touches no longer affect offside. What matters is the attacking player's position the last time a team mate touched the ball. It used to be any contact of the ball and a defender and he could not be offside but not any more.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:15

    Defenders' touches no longer affect offside. What matters is the attacking player's position the last time a team mate touched the ball. It used to be any contact of the ball and a defender and he could not be offside but not any more.

    That's what I thought, but I do remember it being given *looks for highlights video*

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:18

    Once the Germans stop rushing they will start scoring. They are trying to be too direct. The success they have had in this game has been when they were more patient

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:19

    Much better. Play passes - draw the defender out - switch the play and the Greek defence opened up completely

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:22

    Just wait, the Greeks will let the Germans over-run them, then come out for the 2nd-half with some kind of wooden-horselike-mascot.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:22

    If Germany try to be this direct against Spain in the final they will get mollicated

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:22

    Just wait, the Greeks will let the Germans over-run them, then come out for the 2nd-half with some kind of wooden-horselike-mascot.

    Never trust anyone with a horse mascot. #worksforF1too

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:24

    If Germany try to be this direct against Spain in the final they will get mollicated

    :)

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:24

    g.o.a.l

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:24

    GOAL for the captain

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 19:25

    The strikers couldn't do it... so they let the defender do it.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:25

    Takes a full back to do that. Great goal

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:25

    If the defender had stayed on his feet that would have hit him.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:27

    Greece are now defending 20 yards further forward than they were before the goal

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:29

    Bring on (even more) jokes about Germans kicking the Greeks out of the Euro.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:32

    Oooo, this is fun, real-time odds analysis (with funky graphics): http://188bet.kickoff.co.uk/fixtures/?country=england&league=6&match_id=1063217

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:32

    I thought he had scored

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:33

    same

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:33

    Oooo, this is fun, real-time odds analysis (with funky graphics): 188bet.kickoff.co…;match_id=1063217

    likey

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:34

    should've been way more than 1-0. good half though.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:38

    According to that, the Greeks now only have a 4% chance of winning.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 19:39

    According to that, the Greeks now only have a 4% chance of winning.

    Seems optimistic.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:42

    Greece didn't have a touch in Germany's box during the first half.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:44

    Greece didn't have a touch in Germany's box during the first half.

    ouch.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:50

    Greece bringing on a striker for a full back

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:51

    Greece bringing on a striker for a full back

    3-4-3? I like the intent

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:51

    3-4-3? I like the intent

    Ohh no, 4-3-3.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:53

    Ohh no, 4-3-3.

    anyone told them they're a goal down?

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:53

    Great running there - knocking past the man, going after it, and getting there

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:56

    anyone told them they're a goal down?

    They 'only' need 1 goal, and to prevent Germany scoring, then get through extra time then they can possibly make something happen in the lottery that is penalties.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:56

    anyone told them they're a goal down?

    They don't want to be two or more goals down. Gradually they will commit more resources forward but there is no reason to open up their defence to the Germans just yet

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 19:58

    A back heel flick there? Really?

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 19:58

    They 'only' need 1 goal, and to prevent Germany scoring, then get through extra time then they can possibly make something happen in the lottery that is penalties.

    hmm... germany... penalties.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 19:59

    hmm... germany... penalties.

    Although we know Neuer's not the best at winning shootouts recently.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:00

    Well I'll be damned.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:00

    OMG

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:01

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:01

    never seen the like.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:01

    The commentator doesn't mean debt, he means deficit.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:01

    Two attackers - three defenders !!!!

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:03

    Stats update. To win in 90 mins: GER 33%, GRE 26%

  • Mark22/06/2012 at 20:03

    All I can say it that goal was SPL quality.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:05

    All I can say it that goal was SPL quality.

    i don't know what that means, but it was my favourite one of the tournament.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:06

    i don't know what that means, but it was my favourite one of the tournament.

    Scottish Premier League. Scorer plays for Celtic. Almost never scores

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:06

    Scottish Premier League. Scorer plays for Celtic. Almost never scores

    ooooooh!

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:06

    Normality resumes.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:06

    wow

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:06

    Germany take the lead again

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:06

    blimey

  • Mark22/06/2012 at 20:07

    The advantage of playing Turks against Greece.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:07

    The advantage of playing Turks against Greece.

    :)

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:07

    The defender was completely on his heels. Both feet flat on the ground. Pathetic at that level

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:08

    Gekas looks like a scale model of Razor Ruddock

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:09

    Terrible pass

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:13

    Goal

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:13

    3-1

    Game over

  • Mark22/06/2012 at 20:13

    Comedy goalkeeping.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:13

    He, er, err, I've got nothing to defend him there.

  • Mark22/06/2012 at 20:14

    Also, Klose looks like Odo from ST Deep Space 9.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:14

    Greek defenders are awful

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:14

    The Germans there swapped a fruity drink for some yoghurt - Schurrle + Mueller.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:14

    Also, Klose looks like Odo from ST Deep Space 9.

    :)

    I wonder if they keep him in a bucket between games

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:16

    German win only 98% sure

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:18

    Well so much for the Greek's plan to score and then park the bus

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 20:18

    As soon as I move to another tab or Twitter, I forget about the live comments :(

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:18

    As soon as I move to another tab or Twitter, I forget about the live comments :(

    Stop moving then

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:19

    Well so much for the Greek's plan to score and then park the bus

    They parked the bus for sure, they just forgot to close the door.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:19

    As soon as I move to another tab or Twitter, I forget about the live comments :(

    Comments on one half, surfing on the other.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:19

    4-1

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:19

    Goal.

  • Noelinho22/06/2012 at 20:19

    Comments on one half, surfing on the other.

    iPad can't do that :(

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:19

    Thump.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:20

    iPad can't do that :(

    Bad times.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:21

    I just got told off because I'd made the post "Goal" already tonight.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:22

    I just got told off because I'd made the post "Goal" already tonight.

    You need imagination when you comment here because repeat comments are not allowed.

    Either that or you type

    goal

    goal.

    goal..

    goal...

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:22

    I added the full stop :)

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:24

    You need imagination when you comment here because repeat comments are not allowed.

    Didn't realise that feature extended back over the whole thread.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:30

    What a tackle

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:32

    Germany vs Greece, shots 26-8, pass accuracy 91%-67%, possession 69%-31%.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:33

    Wow, only the second penalty of the tournament. Both have been awarded to Greece.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:34

    How can you give a penalty for that?

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:34

    How can you give a penalty for that?

    Pity?

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:34

    How can you give a penalty for that?

    He knew it was somewhat of a gift.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:39

    After that 2nd-half, I can't see how we'd beat them when (if) it comes to that.

  • Ryan22/06/2012 at 20:41

    I remain unsure as to how Greece scored 2. I do like this German team, should win the whole thing.

    After that 2nd-half, I can't see how we'd beat them when (if) it comes to that.

    I can't see us even beating Italy.

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:41

    The Germans have proven then can score, the other favs, Spain, look less confident.

  • Steven Roy22/06/2012 at 20:43

    After that 2nd-half, I can't see how we'd beat them when (if) it comes to that.

    Greece were terrible after they lost the first goal. I would not judge Germany too highly based on the a performance against Greece.

    I think Italy will beat England though

  • Will^22/06/2012 at 20:44

    Greece were terrible after they lost the first goal. I would not judge Germany too highly based on the a performance against Greece.

    I was thinking of how we'd play against to them (probably very similarly unfortunately). But I agree, Italy will be a big ask.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:54

    real life needs to stop getting in the way of my football.

  • Mr C22/06/2012 at 20:55

    Comments on one half, surfing on the other.

    iPad can't do that :(

    it's on the list.

    am 5 weeks behind on coding, but it's coming.