23 Jun 2012

Germany through to Euro 2012 semi-finals

3:36 pm on 23 June 2012

Germany has defeated Greece 4-2 in the second quarter-final of the Euro 2012 football tournament in Poland.

The Germans dominated in Gdansk with some clinical finishing as they humiliated Greece to rub salt in the wounds of a nation reeling from a dire economic crisis which many blame on Berlin.

Greeks were aching for at least a measure of revenge against their Euro zone tormentor in the needle match of the tournament's quarter-finals, but it ended as yet another dashed dream.

The Euro zone paymaster gave what many Germans see as a profligate and lazy state yet another lesson, this time on the pitch - perhaps revenge for political headache after headache in a regional debt crisis unleashed by Athens in 2009 that now threatens the survival of the entire common European currency.

The Germans will face either England or Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals, they play on Monday.