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Germany 3-0 Slovakia

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Euro 2016: Germany 3-0 Slovakia highlights

Germany enhanced their status as favourites for Euro 2016 as they overwhelmed Slovakia in Lille to set up a quarter-final against Italy or Spain.

Centre-back Jerome Boateng gave the world champions an eighth-minute lead with a superb 25-yard volley before Mario Gomez poked in the second.

Julian Draxler, who provided a superb assist for the second, made it 3-0 with a near-post volley after the break.

Mesut Ozil also missed a penalty for Germany in the 14th minute.

Slovakia's best chance fell to Juraj Kucka, whose header was brilliantly tipped over by Manuel Neuer.

The last-eight tie between Joachim Low's side and one of the other fancied teams takes place in Bordeaux next Saturday.

Relive Germany v Slovakia as it happened

Predictably unpredictable

The three-time European champions have set a standard. Their performance in Lille was arguably the most dominant by a team at this championship.

After three average group displays, this was more trademark Low. The 56-year-old is a coach who does not believe in rigid roles, and against Slovakia the movement of his attack stretched the opposition defence.

Germany started in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Draxler on the left, Ozil in middle and Thomas Muller on the right of the attack, just behind striker Gomez.

But Draxler often interchanged with Ozil, and Muller spread himself about the Slovak half.

Jan Kozak's side spent the match chasing the Germans, and the game, after Bayern Munich's Boateng rifled in the first with a brilliant piece of opportunism.

They should have made it 2-0 but Ozil's tame spot-kick was easily saved by Matus Kozacik, after Gomez had been fouled by Martin Skrtel.

That miss did not knock the Germans off their stride, however, as the excellent Draxler teased Kucka down the left before finding Gomez, who scored his second of the tournament.

And despite playing at a lower tempo after the break, Germany still managed to score a third when Draxler placed a near-post volley high past Kozacik.

Another German gem

Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler had one of his best games in a Germany shirt

Although Draxler is only 22, he has been deemed as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe since his 2011-12 breakthrough season at Schalke.

In an interview with the BBC in 2013, he spoke about improving his game without the ball, and now in 2016 the Wolfsburg player is almost the finished product.

His runs allowed Toni Kroos and Ozil to find space and influence the attack. And his final ball has also improved, as demonstrated when he set up Gomez for the second goal. The well-taken volley in the 63rd minute was deserved reward for an impressive performance.

Having played a peripheral role at the 2014 World Cup, he is now a major part of Low's side.

Man of the match - Toni Kroos (Germany)

Toni Kroos
Julian Draxler was the sponsors' man of the match, but Toni Kroos deserves the BBC award for his display in central midfield. The Real Madrid player had 96 passes - the most of any Germany player and three times as many as Draxler - with 79 of those coming in the opposition half. Despite playing deeper he still managed four shots.

What they said

Draxler on his display: "I am happy that I put in a good performance today and that I was able to help the team.

"It is hard for me to say if this was my best or second-best game in a Germany shirt. Others can judge that better.

"We have a very capable side. So it's no problem if you are not playing in one game or the other. I tried not to let it get to me and to show in training that the coach could count on me.

"In the team talk the coach told me to look for one-on-ones. He has given me a lot of confidence and made it clear to me that I am a good player."

Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik: "We feel sorry because, from the beginning, the Germans dominated. We did not make them suffer at all. It is a pity.

"Perhaps after we defeated them in the [pre-Euros friendly], they prepared better. They played in a disciplined way and showed their greatness.

"If Kucka could have scored, we might have done something but their second goal was decisive.

"We have achieved a lot, I am very happy I could be here. After some time, we will appreciate it even more."

The stats you need to know

  • Germany have kept four clean sheets at Euro 2016 - more than they have recorded in any other edition of the European Championships.
  • Gomez is now Germany's joint-top scorer at the European Championships, alongside Jurgen Klinsmann (five goals).
  • Draxler is the first Germany player to score and assist in a single Euros match since Philipp Lahm in 2008 (v Turkey).
  • Ozil has also missed his last three penalties in competitive action (for club and country alike).
  • Only Miroslav Klose (37) has appeared more times for Germany at major competitions than Bastian Schweinsteiger (36).

Line-ups

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 21KimmichBooked at 46mins
  • 17BoatengSubstituted forHöwedesat 71'minutes
  • 5HummelsBooked at 67mins
  • 3Hector
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forSchweinsteigerat 76'minutes
  • 18Kroos
  • 8Özil
  • 13Müller
  • 11DraxlerSubstituted forPodolskiat 72'minutes
  • 23Gomez

Substitutes

  • 2Mustafi
  • 4Höwedes
  • 7Schweinsteiger
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Podolski
  • 12Leno
  • 14Can
  • 15Weigl
  • 16Tah
  • 19Götze
  • 20Sané
  • 22ter Stegen

Slovakia

  • 23Kozácik
  • 2Pekarík
  • 3SkrtelBooked at 13mins
  • 4Durica
  • 5GyömbérSubstituted forSalataat 84'minutes
  • 13Hrosovsky
  • 14Skriniar
  • 17Hamsik
  • 19KuckaBooked at 90mins
  • 21DurisSubstituted forSestakat 64'minutes
  • 7WeissSubstituted forGregusat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mucha
  • 6Gregus
  • 8Duda
  • 9Sestak
  • 10Stoch
  • 11Nemec
  • 12Novota
  • 15Hubocan
  • 16Salata
  • 18Svento
  • 20Mak
  • 22Pecovsky
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak
Attendance:
44,312

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamSlovakia
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Germany 3, Slovakia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Germany 3, Slovakia 0.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Booking

Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kornel Salata.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kornel Salata.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Patrik Hrosovsky.

Offside, Slovakia. Marek Hamsik tries a through ball, but Juraj Kucka is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Kornel Salata replaces Norbert Gyömbér.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Peter Pekarík.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Podolski (Germany) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Jonas Hector (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).

Offside, Germany. Joshua Kimmich tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stanislav Sestak (Slovakia).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Bastian Schweinsteiger replaces Sami Khedira.

Lukas Podolski (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Milan Skriniar (Slovakia).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Lukas Podolski replaces Julian Draxler.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Benedikt Höwedes replaces Jérôme Boateng.

Attempt missed. Jan Gregus (Slovakia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Attempt missed. Jan Durica (Slovakia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik from a direct free kick.

Booking

Mats Hummels (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

Stanislav Sestak (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Skriniar (Slovakia).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Stanislav Sestak replaces Michal Duris.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 3, Slovakia 0. Julian Draxler (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Mats Hummels (Germany) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Jan Durica.

Jonas Hector (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michal Duris (Slovakia).

Attempt missed. Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik from a direct free kick.

Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104137
2Switzerland31202115
3Albania310213-23
4Romania301224-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32016336
2England31203215
3Slovakia31113304
4Russia301226-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32103037
2Poland32102027
3Northern Ireland31022203
4Ukraine300305-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32105327
2Spain32015236
3Turkey310224-23
4Czech Rep301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy32013126
2Belgium32014226
3R. of Ireland311124-24
4Sweden301213-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary31206425
2Iceland31204315
3Portugal30304403
4Austria301214-31
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