The Germans at this point are a bit spoiled for talent. Jogi Low went to Miroslav Klose, Andre Schurrle, and Marko Reus in place of Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski, and Thomas Mueller. Wouldn't you like to have such a quandary? The Greeks were overachievers getting out of Group A but against the Germans, as did the Czechs against Portugal, they were simply outclassed.
In fact, both semi-finals have been one way streets and one sort of half wishes Russia and Poland would have made it because Russia vs Portugal would have been more compelling as would have Poland vs Germany, simply because both teams had more attacking talent to match up with the countries in Group B.
The Germans were wasteful in the first 15-20 minutes with at least three chances going waste. Oezil was guilty on a couple of chances. He really is the David Gower of football. Just a pleasure to watch as he effortlessly puts together a stunning sequence of moves but all done with a insouciance where he couldn't be bothered to exert himself when needed or when presented with an opportunity. We know how well that went down with Geoffrey Boycott. We got a gander at Reus who was impressive. Pacy and skillful on the ball with a nose for goal. Philipp Lahm got the scoreboard ticking with his swerving shot fooling Sifakis. A very relieved Jogi Low nearly relieved himself on the pitch.
The second half saw Greece equalizing through Giorgios Samaras to some hyperbolic venting by commentators at how the goal had wiped out the Greek debt. Samaras is now being sought out by Roberto Mancini for a glorious City return.
Jogi Low looked like he had eaten a moth eaten drapery for lunch. But Sami Khedira summoning the winds from the Maghreb sallied forth with a magnificent shinned volley from a cross by Jerome Boateng. All was good. It was golden a few minutes later as Klose was on target with his header. Reus also got into the act with his volley as a galvanized Germany put Greece in a headlock. The handball by Boateng and the subsequent penalty converted by Dimitris Salpingidis restored some Greek pride.