Germany Boots Greece —From Soccer Tourney

It dominates in European Championship, too

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 23, 2012 6:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – With Chancellor Angela Merkel cheering every step of the way, Germany dominated Greece—on the soccer field. The Germans reached the European Championship semifinals for a record seventh time by beating Greece 4-2 yesterday in a match played amid the contentious political backdrop between the countries.

Just as in the real world, where Germany has been a major contributor to economic bailouts for Greece, the three-time champions were in control at the Arena Gdansk in Poland. And after the match, Merkel visited the players in the changing room. "(Merkel) congratulated us and said that we played very well," said Germany forward Mesut Oezil. "The rest of what she said will stay among us."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland.   (Gero Breloer)
German fans hold a poster reading 'You can have our billions but you won't get the trophy."   (Michael Sohn)
Germany's Miroslav Klose, left, and Greece's Kyriakos Papadopoulos reach for the ball.   (Frank Augstein)
Greece goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis salutes the supporters at the end of the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match.   (Ivan Sekretarev)
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