EURO 2012 LIVE: Germany v Greece – follow the quarter-final action as it happens
19:07 GMT, 22 June 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Euro 2012 as Germany take on surprise package Greece at the PGE Arena in Gdansk for their quarter-final. Joachim Low's team surprised no one by topping Group B and are heavily fancied to progress ahead of the Greeks who overcame huge odds to finish runners-up in Group A ahead of Russia and Poland. Email me your thoughts on the match at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Germany 0-0 Greece (7.45pm)
Click here for the live goals as they go in
Germany: Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Reus, Ozil, Schurrle, Klose.
Subs: Wiese, Gundogan, Schmelzer, Howedes, Podolski, Muller, Bender, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Gomez, Zieler.
Greece: Sifakis, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Tzavelas, Makos, Maniatis, Ninis, Katsouranis, Samaras, Salpingidis.
Subs: Chalkias, Malezas, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Fotakis, Gekas, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Tzorvas.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
20min: Greece will be happy that they haven't allowed Germany too many shots on goal so far.
Low's side are not showing much urgency right now but then Greece do still possess a threat on the counter attack.
17min: From InfostradaLive:
Greece are now the team with the most yellow cards this tournament: 10 yellow cards. Italy and Croatia are second with nine yellow cards.
14min: A few rough hand tactics from Greece as Girogos Samaras is booked after an unnecessary lunge on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
11min: Greece are ripped to shreds with a one-touch move, but are fortunate when Marco Reus's shot from 20 yards bounces up before he hits it and causes him to slice wide.
8min: That's a little better from the Greeks as they at least start to have some possession in Germany's half. No chances since the correctly disallowed goal.
5min: And Germany already find the back of the net. Michalis Sifakis spills Sami Khedira's shot, but Andrea Schurrle is offside as he taps home the rebound. Very shaky start from the Greeks.
3min: Interesting game plan from the Germans. They are allowing the Greek centre-backs to have the ball but as soon as the ball is passed anywhere else they are instantly pressing.
Battle: Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and Greece's Giannis Maniatis vie for the ball
Kick-off: Greece get us going.
19.43: Probably predictably, the German anthem is given a few jeers at the start.
In the stands, German chancellor Angela Merkel is sat next to UEFA president Michel Platini.
19.40: It will sure be interesting if they are still drawing at half-time. Meanwhile on the pitch both teams make their way out.
19.36: So how much hope are we giving Greece Can they get away with the same containing game that saw them squeeze through Group A
I think we can expect a similar pattern to the Czech Republic v Portugal game last night, where the Czechs were pretty much camped in their own half. It will be hard to see the Greeks making half-time goalless though but we will wait and see.
All smiles: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (green) speaks with UEFA president Michel Platini
19.31: Germany have had slip ups in in the group stage of major tournaments in recent years, but there was to be no errors this time around.
They impressively won the group of death that contained Holland, Portugal and Denmark with maximum points – matching their 100 per cent record of 10 out of 10 wins in qualifying…can anyone stop them
19.26: From InfostradaLive:
Philipp Lahm will be making his 13th appearance in a ECh match tonight, equalling the team record by Jurgen Klinsmann and Thomas Hassler.
19.23: However I feel that statistic might be wrong. I swear I have seen Greece defeat Germany before…in Munich too.
19.20: So in more than one way, Greece are up against it tonight. They have never beaten Germany in eight previous games with their last meeting coming in 2001 when the Germans won 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier.
19.15: From OptaJoe:
21 – Before tonight, excluding third place play-offs, Lukas Podolski had started Germany's last 21 games at major tournaments. Omitted.
19.10: So as you can see from the pictures below this is more than a game to the Greeks. Their financial state and political friction with Germany was always going to provide a sub-plot to this match – let's just hope it doesn't boil over on the pitch.
19.05: Well Joachim Low's caught us napping there. That's four changes to the Germany side as Jerome Boateng returns from suspension to take his place in defence while Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle and Miroslav Klose replace Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski.
Guys and dolls: A steward inside the PGE Arena in Gdansk attempts to confiscate a doll that depicts German chancellor Angela Merkel from the Greek supporters
19.00: The teams in full from Gdansk:
Greece: Sifakis, Maniatis, Tzavellas, Papadopoulos, Torossidis, Papastathopoulos, Makos, Ninis, Katsouranis, Samaras, Salpingidis.
Subs: Chalkias, Tzorvas, Malezas, Fotakis, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Gekas.
Germany: Neuer, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Schurrle, Reus, Klose.
Subs: Wiese, Zieler, Schmelzer, Howedes, Mertesacker, Gundogan, Muller, Bender, Kroos, Gotze, Podolski, Gomez.
18.55: Germany starting XI:
Neuer, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Schurrle, Reus, Klose
18.50: Hands up, who has gone and stuck their life savings on Germany reaching the semi-finals tonight
I can't blame you if you have, this has got to be the biggest mis-match in a European Championship quarter-final since France took on Greece in Euro 2004………right, on second thoughts I'm glad I didn't place that bet now.
Back in the side: Miroslav Klose makes his first start in the tournament for Germany