EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Arena Gdansk, Poland

Attendance: 43000

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Germany

  • Philipp Lahm 39'
  • Sami Khedira 61'
  • Miroslav Klose 68'
  • Marco Reus 74'

4 - 2

FT

Greece

  • Georgios Samaras 55'
  • Dimitris Salpingidis 89' PEN
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    [Comment from Mike]
    Thanks to JT and statsie and all the commentors for a chat. See you guys again for the semis!

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    James Tyler: Must dash to help with the postgame wrap. Thanks again for joining us and see you back here tomorrow for Spain v. France!

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    James Tyler: Our absolute pleasure, Rugger. And thank you all for joining us and sending in comments, puns, trenchant insight, questions and more!

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    Cheers for getting us through another boring work day gents.

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    [Comment from AJ]
    LOL Italy and England have no chance this team is a machine

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    MVP of the tournament: Statsie

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Prediction: Rest of games in tourney combined don't have more total goals than this game.

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    James Tyler: We will have live chat for both QFs this weekend:
    SPAIN v. FRANCE -- 2.15pm ET
    ROONEY v. BALOTELLI -- 2.15pm ET

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    James Tyler: Also, on Twitter:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @rogbennett
    @JeffreyCarlisle
    @ESPNStatsInfo

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    James Tyler: And that's it! Germany 4, Greece 2.

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    James Tyler: Indeed! Check the Euro 2012 blog on ESPNFC.com

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    ESPN Stats and Info: A reminder as we approach the end here: ESPNFC is posting Five Aside previews for each match remaining at EURO 2012. They're a Statsie-fueled look at each game.

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    James Tyler: Fifteen seconds left.

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    James Tyler: I don't like you, TM, LP. Boo hiss.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassages]
    Fun comparison - German v. English talent pipelines. Aside from Jordan Henderson already being in the squad (he stacks up against Gotze, right??), I think Jonjo Shelvey may actually figure into the conversation...

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    James Tyler: TWO EXTRA MINUTES REMAINING

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    [Comment from DW]
    there's too much personnel turnover to win 3 consecutive but I suppose Spain could do it here

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    James Tyler: Fotakis fouls Gotze on the right wing.

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    [Comment from Cantbeartowatchthis]
    If Man City can get 2 goals in 3 minutes, so can Greece. Come on, Hellas.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Chris H. But if anyone could do it, etc etc

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    @CJ, there is a reason nobody has ever won 3 big tournaments in a row...too much chance in football during one-off knockout games, Spain's run has been amazing, but the odds of having a run like theirs is hard to imagine

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Schwieni had a bad one too.

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    [Comment from Winlar]
    Not a PK in a 1-1 game, but one called in a 4-1 game

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Boateng with another mistake. He's been the only German with a bad game today.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! Salpingidis sends Neuer the wrong way. There's still time, lads! Two minutes of regular time! Get another!

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    James Tyler: Soft PK, in my opinion.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Two penalties at EURO 2012. Both to Greece.

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    [Comment from Penalty Kick]
    FINALLY! MY TIME TO SHINE!!

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    James Tyler: As innocuous as it gets. Handball as Boateng doesn't get his arm out of the way of a cross. Well, then.

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    James Tyler: PENALTY! FOR GREECE!

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    James Tyler: Quite possible, CJ. Maybe they win two World Cups, two Euros and a golden boot in a pear tree.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    The talk of Spain dominating from Euro 2008 to present, Germany may do something greater with this current generation

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    James Tyler: Ozil fouls Salpingidis on the right flank.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Klose: 14 FIFA World Cup Goals, 3 EURO goals.

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    James Tyler: Four minutes left... what a second half for Jogi Low's tippen-zapfen brigade.

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    James Tyler: Water, Jorg. I give Sifakis credit for simply stopping Germany at this point.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Klose is now one goal shy of tying Gerd Mueller with 18 major tournament goals for Germany.

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    [Comment from Jorg]
    Good save? What are you drinking James Tyler?

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Concerns about German back line but Hummels/Badstuber have been solid. Boateng has looked shaky at times though.

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    James Tyler: Good save by Sifakis from a low Ozil shot. Gomez was lurking for the rebound.

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    James Tyler: Hummels is a contender for team of the tournament so far.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Hummels has had a FANTASTIC tournament

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    James Tyler: Good run by Samaras but dispossessed inside the box.

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    James Tyler: Good lord, I couldn't possibly. I don't like to predict what England will or won't do. Only that it'll cause me immense pain.

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    [Comment from Wally]
    Since most of us won't be at the office tomorrow, how about a prediction for the England match?

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Orr for pun of the day

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Orr is man of the match for that comment

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    James Tyler: I'd be there too.

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    James Tyler: They're too busy drinking and enjoying the charms of Polkraine. And rightly so.

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    [Comment from Trevin]
    How much dread has been entering the hearts of England fans during this second match? Better to go out honorably to Italy or to face...this?

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    James Tyler: (slow clap)

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Greece need a player name Putastoptothis

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    [Comment from MikfromPoland]
    Ozil is a clear choice for the man of the match. Assisting on all four goals and involved in majority of the scoring chances.

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    James Tyler: Low shot smothered by Neuer. Germany with 23 shots today, 13 on target. Woof.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Harry. Seems to be setting up nicely for a German run of dominance a la Spain from 2008-present. Major if though: they need to win Euro 2012 first.

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    [Comment from Harry]
    The next 8 years are going to be glorious for Germany with these kids they have. And with the collective in place, their teamspirit won't be any problem either.

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    James Tyler: Ozil's shot is parried by Sifakis and Gomez is on hand, but it's poked out for a corner. Only Gomez was flagged offside, so no corner.

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    [Comment from Chicagooner]
    Things sure have taken a turn for the Wurst

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    [Comment from Jesse N]
    All these shots of greek fans just looking purely resigned..brutal.

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    James Tyler: It's Gotze time!

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GERMANY: Mario Gotze on, Marco Reus off.

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    James Tyler: SUBS FOR GERMANY: Mario Gomez on, Miroslav Klose off.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece have never score more than 2 goals in a European Championship game. They have only scored multiple goals once, in the GROUP match against Portugal at Euro 2004.

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    James Tyler: Shot by Samaras is a mile wide.

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    James Tyler: tippen-zapfen time... twelve minutes left. Greek fans singing their equivalent of Fields of Athenry, maybe. Probably.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    This game went from boring, to amazing, to over, to embarrassing in about twenty minutes.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Andrew. A real sense of unity. Hummels has looked very comfy in a Bayern back five.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Impressed at how well the Dortmund and Bayern players play together. Don't seem to hate each other ala the Dutch or the Spanish Real/Barca players.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Attacking Third Touches Update: Germany 300, Greece 30.

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    [Comment from Otama]
    Has Greece ever scored 4 goals, Statsie?

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    [Comment from Ed]
    They're playing H-O-R-S-E in the Greek third now

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jesse N. Though hindsight is a powerful thing. Had it been 0-0 at halftime, Low would have been criticized.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: This is the most goals ever allowed in a game by Greece at the European Championship.

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    [Comment from Jesse N]
    so..can we say with finality we should always just trust jogi low? haven't all his changes paid off?

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    [Comment from joe]
    i thoguht reus had a fairly good game. remember his little touch to set up ozil early in the first

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    James Tyler: Yellow card for Papastathopoulos. One foul too many. Poor Ozil.

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    James Tyler: Still fifteen minutes left.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: 39 of 66 goals (59.1 percent) at EURO 2012 have been scored in the second half.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Reus deserves to start.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    If you're only going to contribute once, I guess Reus did it the right way.

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    [Comment from the bagel]
    reus with another volley. Game, Set, Match.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Reus! This is getting out of hand.

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    James Tyler: Klose's shot blocked by Sifakis right into the path of Reus, and he clunks it into an empty net from 15 yards. Easy. Shades of offside on Klose's run.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! MARCO REUS FOR GERMANY! DAS RIGHT BOOT!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany is the youngest team at EURO 2012 with an average age of 24.6 years. Without Klose, the average age of the squad is 24.1 years.

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    James Tyler: Shot well wide from Liberopoulos. Welcome to the game, Nikos!

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    James Tyler: Eighteen minutes left. Fernando Santos can only hope for another Samaras smash-and-grab.

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    James Tyler: Mueller's playing well there. He was better under van Gaal than Jupp Heynckes, who uses him differently, but still no need to move.

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    James Tyler: What, Shawn... Bayern Munich isn't big enough for you?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Zeus, I will pull that right up

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Has Mueller stalled in progress compared to Ozil? I feel like he needs to move to a bigger club

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Besides Klose, what's the average age of this German team? 24?

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    James Tyler: Another striker, why not I say.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GREECE: Makos off, Nikos Liberopoulos on.

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    James Tyler: Mueller lashes one wide from 15 yards. Deflected for a corner.

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    [Comment from Roshan]
    Henry also did for 5 Major Tournaments ( 98 WC, 06Wc) and 3 Euros and 1 Conf Cup

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    [Comment from Tashinka]
    What are the stats on marriage proposals you've received during WC/EURO, Statsie?

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    James Tyler: Samaras and Boateng converge in the left corner. Foul given. I think.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassages]
    Klose with a ridiculous vertical! He has ups like Chicharito...

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    James Tyler: Reus swings a cross in from the left... it's cleared.

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    James Tyler: Corner dropped in the general direction of the far post but it's cleared. Not far, mind you, as Ozil gets it on the right wing. Some tippen-zapfen and laid wide for Ozil.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Miroslave Klose has now scored at FIVE different major tournaments. 2002, 2006, 2010 FIFA World Cups as well as EURO 2008, 2012.

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    [Comment from Gregg]
    Auf Wiedersehen!

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    James Tyler: Klose has another shot blocked out for a corner. He is loving this.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Good night Moon, good night goalposts, good night orange slices, good night Hellas

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Well, probably doesn't matter when they last came back twice now.

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    [Comment from Hoernerice]
    KLOOOSSSEEEE

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    [Comment from David]
    Ladies and Gentlemen, it's over

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    James Tyler: Good inswinging delivery, Klose outleaps Papadopoulos and Sifakis, coming way off his line, gets nowhere near it. Easy as you like.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany has never returned points when leading by 2+ goals at the European Championship.

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    James Tyler: Poor play by Sifakis. Free kick swung in from the right, Klose gets to it first, end of story.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR GERMANY! Miroslav Klose. Good night, Greece.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    I'd have replaced Reus first, to be honest. He's been invisible.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Stats, when was the last time Greece came from behind twice in a match?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR GERMANY: Andre "Shoots Wide" Schurrle off, Thomas Mueller on.

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    James Tyler: The two have a little chat about it right in front of the linesman.

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    James Tyler: Ozil surging up the right flank, makes it past the defender but tries to trick his way infield and is fouled by Papastathopoulos.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece last scored 2+ on October 11, 2011. It was a EURO 2012 Qualifier against Georgia.

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    James Tyler: Greek corner boomed in by Fotakis but Papadopoulos' header is well over.

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    James Tyler: New approach from Low. Wanted to use Reus/Schurrle who are better on the ball. I think.

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    [Comment from juan doe]
    JT, what was the reason for no Podolski in the starting XI? Bad play, new formation, different style???

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Schurrle has been active but Reus hasn't done much. I'd love to see Gotze get a chance.

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    James Tyler: Agree, Zeus. Where Schweinie has underwhelmed today, Khedira has been superb.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Khedira has quickly become one of the better holding mids in the world

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    [Comment from Orr]
    This tournament has seen some seriously beautiful volleys. Zlatan, Balotelli, now Khedira.

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    James Tyler: Schweinsteiger fouls Papastathopoulos in midfield.

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    James Tyler: Germans threatening again but the final pass in is misplayed.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Entering today, Greece haven't scored 2+ goals in their last eight games.

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    James Tyler: Down the other end, Gekas works some room for a shot but it's well over the top.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. A redemptive assist.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    nice service by Boateng

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Khedira's been studying Ralph Macchio, that was EXQUISITE Crane technique.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Wonderful technique from Khedira

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Insane FIFA-like volley.

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    [Comment from Penalty Kicks]
    khedira with a thunder strike!!!!

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    James Tyler: Simple move; ball worked wide right, cross finds Khedira in the middle and he volleys it first-time past Sifakis. A superb strike.

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    James Tyler: And the White Stripes rings out over Gdansk.

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    James Tyler: So much for that, then. (Throws away book of cliches)

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    James Tyler: SAMI KHEDIRA!

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    James Tyler: GOAL GERMANY!

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Germans have to bring on either Gomez or Mueller now

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Crossing passes: Greece 1-for-2 (Salpindigis' assist), Germany 3-for-22.

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    [Comment from Winlar]
    Could this be the game where "Controversial Penalty Kick" rears its ugly head?

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    James Tyler: Schurrle blazes over the bar. Fans are booing now. Will Jogi Low be punished? He looks a bit shell-shocked. Like a man on a first date who's just been told he won't get a second.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    You hear that noise, Roger? That is the sound of an ever-increasing elasticity of demand. No country swings demand like Hellas... as Poland found out.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Total touches in the penalty area: Germany 24, Greece 2.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece has only one pass completed into the German penalty area in the entire match- Salpingidis' assist.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Can we talk about how fast Salpangidis is? He looks like Mario with the invulnerability star when he races up the flank.

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    James Tyler: Yellow card for Klose as he chips in at Samares. I think. Everything is blurry and strange right now. Gdansk a menagerie of giddy Galanolefki fans

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    [Comment from DW]
    should we expect to see Muller and Podolski?

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Finally what everyone wanted. A game! Game on.

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    [Comment from jesse]
    All those missed chances for Germany may come back to bite them

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    [Comment from trick city]
    the seven (thousand) nation army loud and proud.

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    James Tyler: Now, Germany to apply the pressure. One expects.

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    James Tyler: That was a stunner for the ages. Whoa.

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    [Comment from GB]
    The gods on Mt Olympus say it's Greece's night today!

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    I honestly don't believe this

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Oh wow, what terrible goalkeeping.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassages]
    NO ONE "MESSES" WITH THE JESUS!!!!!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Sorry James, well done to beat me to the punch there.

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    [Comment from Jayanth]
    500 days of Samaras

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    [Comment from DW]
    Samaras put his scoring boots on for that one!

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    HELLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    James Tyler: One move is all it takes... slick passing down the right flank, low cross whacked in and Samaras nips behind Boateng and toe-pokes it past Neuer!

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    James Tyler: SAMARAS!

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    [Comment from dean]
    you have to be kidding me

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    [Comment from Max]
    Epic

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR GREECE! IN YOUR FACE, MERKEL!

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    James Tyler: Yes, Jeremy.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    What is tippen-zapfen? The German version of tiki-taka?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece's passing accuracy in the second half is 73.9 percent. In the first half, it was 59.8 percent.

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    James Tyler: Up the other end, Klose gets it in the middle and centers for Schurrle but Makos hoofs it out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

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    James Tyler: Greece wins it back in their own half and break with speed. Gekas and Samaras have room to run but Gekas' flick for Samaras is cleared.

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    James Tyler: More tippen-zapfen for the Germans.

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    James Tyler: Schurrle gets a sloppy clearance at his feet but can't do anything with it.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Kygriakos

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    James Tyler: Yes; the legendary Sotiros Kyrgiakos!

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Didn't liverpool have a greek player a few years ago

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    [Comment from Tony]
    Papadopolous had the 2nd best defense statistics in the Bundesliga (after Hummels).

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    James Tyler: Yes -- Samaras was "great" in the Scottish Premier League, Torosidis was linked with LFC and United a year or two ago, the two CBs play in the Bundesliga. And Fanis Gekas!

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    [Comment from Qualls]
    Seriously JT, had you heard of any of the Greek players before this, except for Ninis, maybe?

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    James Tyler: Free kick is boomed to the far post and Badstuber reaches it, but his header is cleared.

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    James Tyler: Definitely an argument, Jerome.

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    [Comment from Jerome]
    If Mourinho hadn't parked the bus at Barca vs Inter, he wouldn't be famous today.

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    James Tyler: Reus is shirt-tugged to death by Papastathopoulos. Free-kick, right wing, deep in Greek territory.

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    [Comment from stretch]
    Hummels, Badstuber and Neuer have had nothing to do.

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    James Tyler: Cleared by Torosidis.

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    James Tyler: Klose with a lovely move to get in-between two defenders, but his centering pass for (I think) Schurrle is blocked behind. ANOTHER corner.

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    James Tyler: Corner amounts to nothing for Germany.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    To chime in on the debate from five minutes ago: I actually find the park-the-bus games sort of thrilling -- it's not necessarily beautiful, but there's more suspense then just endless backpassing in the midfield. But this Greek team has just looked sloppy.

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    James Tyler: Schurrle tries to get a cross in but Gekas blocks it. Corner to Die Mannschaft.

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    James Tyler: We're off again in Gdansk. Greeks need some fireworks in their boots.

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    [Comment from Hank]
    Statsie become self aware. Very Space Odyssey-esque. HAL..HAL..HAL.

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    James Tyler: Also Fanis Gekas on, Ninis off.

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    James Tyler: Right, SUBS FOR GREECE: Fotakis on, Tzavellas off.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: And thank you all for the very flattering comments. This is starting to feel like a testimonial.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece has not touched the ball in the Germany penalty area. No team has failed to record a single touch in the opposition's penalty area for an entire match at EURO 2012. The fewest was the Czech Republic's 5, yesterday, against Portugal.

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    [Comment from Greg]
    Statistically, Statsie had the best performance in the first half.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Statsie: Bringing Mad Knowledge to the Chat

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Seven different German players have more touches in the attacking third than Greece.

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    [Comment from Stuck at work]
    Statsie for man of the match.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Statsie throwing down the gauntlet right now!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany had the most passes completed into the attacking 3rd in a 1st half this tournament (151). Their first half total ALONE is the 8th best total for any team in a full match.

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    James Tyler: Oh, AJ. This is oversimplified and silly. We scored thrice against Sweden!

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    [Comment from AJ]
    LOL @ you bus parking Brit's defending such tactics. And you wonder why your NT always fails and is a joke to the other Euro powers

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece had 166 touches in the first half. Ireland's 382 versus Italy are the fewest by a team in a match at EURO 2012.

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    [Comment from Mark from RU]
    If you told Greece they'd be down only 1 goal at half before start I think they take it.

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    James Tyler: See, now, we all somewhat agree on this point, but Greece, however, just looks bad. They are playing defense-first, but not even doing that well. This is the problem today.

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    [Comment from Cahtah]
    they aren't out there to make it look good Jawatoss, they're out there to get the result by any means

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Remember APOEL? Not a person here could say that they didn't earn their way into the quarterfinals. Defense first.

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    James Tyler: It can be dull, but the onus on teams isn't to play attractive soccer. Considering the talent gaps in soccer -- Man City to, say, Yeovil or Honduras to Brazil -- teams must make their own way and find what works for them. Unfair to just dismiss it.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Defense is very important, but teams that park the bus can make a game pretty dull.

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    [Comment from chris]
    it's defense wins games, not defense solely wins games

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    [Comment from Roberto Di Matteo]
    Defense does win games, LMB!

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    James Tyler: Disagree, LMB. Defense is a major contributor. Just because it's not pretty doesn't mean it's not right.

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    [Comment from LMB]
    Greece does not deserve to be in the quarters with such negative play. Teams that think defense wins games deserve to lose.

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    Roger Bennett: Do you think Greece will ever bring on Fetza? If not now, when?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Passes Completed: Germany 364, Greece 61

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    Roger Bennett: For anyone interested in Ukraine beyond the football, or the chicken Kiev, Simon Kuper just dropped this piece http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/c85e2ed0-bb2c-11e1-81e0-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1yYJrCcEO

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    James Tyler: The fans don't count on the field, PeterG. Watching Ireland chase shadows and coughing up goals with ease was hard to look at.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    JT, disagreed, Ireland places above Greece for the class both they and their fans showed.

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    [Comment from A Good Greek Boy]
    Greece is missing Karagounis' leadership...he is like Leonidas

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    James Tyler: I nominate The NY Kid to play in goal.

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    Roger Bennett: Germany are a wonder to the eye. and they play with such abandon. that was a half of wonder. As for Greece, I wonder if we can muster a better starting 11 featuring individuals from this Cover It Live...

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    Jeff Carlisle: I remember Greece looking this bad against Poland in the first half and coming back. That said, I expect Germany to close this out with a ruthless efficiency.

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    James Tyler: No; Spain v. Ireland was marginally more emasculating for the losing team.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Halftime Stats...Shots 13-6 in favor of Germany...Shots On Target 6-2 in favor of Germany...Cornerkicks 5-0 in favor of Germany...Possession 70%-30% in favor of Germany.

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    [Comment from Curtis]
    Is this the most lopsided game you've seen in the Euro?

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Khediera has been great thus far

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Greece is 0-4-2 when trailing at the half in the European Championships.

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    James Tyler: There's your lot for half number one. Germany 1 (should be 7), Greece 0 (should be minus-2)

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    [Comment from John]
    Rog, isn't that Hodor vs. Hodor?

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    [Comment from Josh]
    That pony tail is there for the grabbing. I'll take Gomez by throat bite.

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    [Comment from Precious Roy]
    I still like that loaded Belgian side to win it all.

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    James Tyler: I hear Roy is considering a starting spot for Jordan Henderson. #kidding

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    James Tyler: Because Russia is lead by Andrei Arshavin. That's normally not good.

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    Roger Bennett: I would honestly like to see a deal brokered where instead of a semi final, Gomez and Carroll just fight to the death Khal Drogo style. Who would win?

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Sounds like everyone is saying Klose is close?How did Russia lose to these guys

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    James Tyler: Schurrle again goes close from the left side of the box. There's no ball he won't try and shoot. Into the side netting from 20+ yards.

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    Roger Bennett: Gomez will be well rested for the England game.

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    It seems Klose is always a half step slow on every run

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    [Comment from chris]
    he's been in good positions, unlucky to not have gotten the right crosses

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    Average.. No real chances but getting himself in good positions.

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    Roger Bennett: how are people feeling about Klose's evening?

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    James Tyler: Ozil's flick for Klose is gathered, amazingly, by Sifakis.

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    James Tyler: More tippen-zafen for Die Mannschaft.

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Reus and Schuerrle have been very active on the wings, just haven't been able to finish anything

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    James Tyler: Wally is winning comment of the day...

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    [Comment from Wally]
    In Kiev, it's just "chicken"

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. It tastes suspiciosly like Sea Gull. But very good nonetheless

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    James Tyler: Chicken Kiev: found in any competent supermarket freezer.

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    [Comment from Hruska]
    Roger, Chicken Kiev got me through High School...

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    [Comment from Carlito]
    So is the Chicken Kiev to your liking, Rog?

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    James Tyler: Schurrle blazes wide from distance. Trying his best, that lad.

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    Roger Bennett: As an aside. I am eating my first ever Chicken Kiev in Ukraine. They really eat it here. I thought it was a mythical food stuff. Like French fried and English Muffins.

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    James Tyler: Bang, Statsie. Viele Danke.

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    James Tyler: Klose offside as Reus's pass is deflected into his path a bit.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: James, right idea, wrong year: Lahm scored Germany's opener at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in a 4-2 win over Costa Rica.

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    James Tyler: Or host a children's TV game show.

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    James Tyler: How will the Galanolefki respond?

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    Roger Bennett: Lahm looks like professional footballer most likely to run a hedge fund

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    [Comment from GBK]
    So then Roger, as Seth said in your podcast, he'll have to root for England for only one game?

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    James Tyler: That was it! 2006. Against Costa Rica, right? The man knows how to pick his team up.

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    [Comment from Ukie86]
    James, I know Lahm scored the first in the 2006 WC in Germany... great curler from the corner of the box.

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    [Comment from DW]
    Lahm just raised my interest rate in this game

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    James Tyler: SHHHH ROGER

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    Roger Bennett: Germany England semi final it is then...

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    [Comment from Ed]
    Sifakis has hands of yogurt

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Kevin. Indeed. As Ed now says...

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    [Comment from Kevin (NY)]
    Could the keeper have done better there?

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    [Comment from Ukie86]
    There you go... let the defender show them how to finish.

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    [Comment from Jayanth]
    LAHMMM!! THE CAPTAIN OF MY FANTASY LEAGUE TEAM, YOU THICK EYEBROWED BEAUTY!

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    [Comment from Dan]
    TTTTOOOORRRR!!!!!

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    James Tyler: (takes down First Scorer poll)

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    [Comment from Jan]
    GOAL!

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    [Comment from Josh]
    The wee man scored!

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    [Comment from stretch]
    Lahm!!!!

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    James Tyler: Lahm leading by example. Superb strike. If I remember correctly, Lahm scored the first goal in Germany's 2010 WC campaign, too. A pint-sized catalyst!

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    Roger Bennett: Suicidal defending from the Greeks. Scottie Parker would have relished taking that shot to the face

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    James Tyler: The impish full back cuts infield, sees no-one is closing him down and has a crack... through the field of defenders and into the bottom corner.

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    James Tyler: GOAL GERMANY! IT IS SUPER CAPTAIN LAHM!

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    This finishing is on the level of my team from March to May, Tottenham.

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    James Tyler: More stoic defending by Greece as the Germans continue to harass and tippen-zafen around the box. Schurrle has a shot blocked from 20+ yards.

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    Roger Bennett: If ever a game killed of any stereotypes about a "german team" tjhis woud be it. they are attempting to play high octane. little "rigorous" "methodological" or "robust" about it. Magic on the eye

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    James Tyler: Mount Olympus has the boomboxes out for this one, KT. A veritable toga party.

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    [Comment from KT]
    Still 0-0. The Greek Gods must be crazy.

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    [Comment from Rolf]
    I predict a Neuer gaffe. The boy can be a little overconfident playing around with the ball...throw in a slick pitch...

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    [Comment from Gudg]
    Can't help but feel that the longer the Germans go without scoring, the Greeks might just nick one late. (LEARN FROM THE RUSSIANS!!!!)

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    James Tyler: As many fumbles as Sifakis has made thus far, he's still better than Kostas Chalkias. #GreeceGoalieJokes

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Possession is still Germany 70%, Greece 30%.

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    [Comment from DW]
    so far, Klose/Reus/Schurrle are not fungible with Gomez/Muller/Podolski

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    [Comment from Christi]
    Germany needs to capitalize on a rebound. The keeper can't catch anything so far.

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    James Tyler: Low shot by Khedira from the top of the box is again parried by Sifakis -- seriously, goalie, you have gloves and hands, use them -- but it deflects back into play where it's just about cleared for another corner.

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    James Tyler: Tippen-zafen

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes to half time. Still 0-0. Amazingly.

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    James Tyler: Good point, Nordy. And a SUPERB stat by Statsie. Give the man praise.

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    [Comment from Nordy]
    Wet pitch why wouldn't you shoot low?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Schweinsteiger has as many turnovers in the first 32 minutes tonight as he had in the entire group stage, where he played every minute.

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    James Tyler: Mesut Ozil steals the ball inside the Greek half. Lahm is out wide and wins a corner. Well done, Philipp.

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    James Tyler: Now, Schurrle nips past Torosidis, who slips on the wet grass, but the curling shot is wide of the far post. Should have crossed, Andre.

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    James Tyler: Good sharp save by Neuer as a shot comes in. With a slippery surface like this one, GOALIE GAFFE might have an MVP nod by full time. Or FRANGO, his more extravagant cousin.

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    James Tyler: A nation sure hopes you're right, Avery C!

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    [Comment from Avery C.]
    Schweinsteiger is about to punctuate this game with a moment of brilliance.

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    James Tyler: Samaras is upfield being harassed by Badstuber as Greece breaks sharply.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Salpingidis has four touches. One of them was the opening kick-off.

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    Roger Bennett: Something about the way Greece are playing tonight. As poor as they have been. They do not look stressed or nervous. They look, to use an English phrase, as if they are in the Euros quarters, and "Having a Laugh." This could get quite interesting

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    James Tyler: He definitely looks very un-Schweinie thus far.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    I'm now convinced Rog jinxed Schweini by writing that profile.

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    [Comment from Calvin GFOP]
    Is Schweini Drunk?

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    [Comment from Ed]
    Should someone tell Sifakis he's allowed to use his hands?

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    James Tyler: So far the approach by Low is working. Klose is pulling defenders out of position and Ozil, Reus etc are profiting. Just not on the scoreboard as of yet.

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    James Tyler: Alright, reaching the half-hour mark in this one and the Germans could be winning by three. Reus and Ozil more than a little profligate.

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    Roger Bennett: This Greek keeper is looking positively Ukrainian.

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Precious Roy, he played for both, you just couldn't tell he was there when playing for Greece cause he never got the ball.

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    James Tyler: (Think Neuer looks like Charlie Bucket plus 180 lbs and five feet)

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    James Tyler: I think Hedwig Schlosstein was a territory you could conquer in Risk.

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    Roger Bennett: Augustus Gloop? didn't he play holding midfielder for Austria? or Hegwig Schostein. I always get those two countries confused

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    [Comment from Precious Roy]
    Why did Socrates play for Brazil? Surely he should have been a Greek national.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Rog, everything reminds you of the Sound of Music!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Passes completed into the attacking third: Mesut Ozil 17, Greece 4.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    He is 18 going on 19...

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    James Tyler: He looks like the one kid from the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, aged 20 years in size but not in the face, Rog.

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    James Tyler: Salpingidis is onside behind Germany's sloppy offside trap but Neuer comes well out of his box to tap the ball out for a throw-in.

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    Roger Bennett: Neuer to the rescue. Is it only me or does he remind anyone else of Rolf in the Sound of Musc?

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    [Comment from GFOP]
    German players have spent much time training with the team's Obertippenzafenfuhrer.

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    James Tyler: All joking aside, I think Sifakis is concussed or something. Was groggy since that early hit by Schurrle/Klose on the disallowed goal. Seems to be in a DAZE.

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    Roger Bennett: Andrew D. 17 years

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Attacking third touches are 72-7 in favor of Germany.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    How long has it been since Greece made a pass?

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Reus looking good until that shot

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    The Greeks are mesmerized by the tippen-zafen, they are all on their backheels

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    James Tyler: Jogi Low flaps so frantically on the sideline that he might actually take flight.

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    Roger Bennett: Good Lord. Antire team. Not a "shooting boot" between them...

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    James Tyler: Reus blasts wide from inside the box! Another slick passing move!

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    James Tyler: Good point, Jawatoss. Low has partial vindication.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Possession is 70-30. Germany.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Reus is looking good.

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    James Tyler: Yup, NYK. Sifakis is looking Rob Green-esque.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    Sifakis looks completely overwhelmed in goal, continually parrying balls that he should be holding onto

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    My goodness. Germany should be up about 3-0 by now.

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    [Comment from chris]
    this is unreal

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    Roger Bennett: Klose looking a little Baros-ian tonight

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    [Comment from SoCal]
    HOW DO YOU MISS THAT????

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    James Tyler: Corner's taken short, tapped about a bit and falls for Reus. His low shot is parried out by Sifakis for another corner. Sifakis with some nerves. Has fumbled just about every shot on goal.

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    James Tyler: Lovely interplay between Schurrle and Reus and Ozil is wide open inside the box, but lazily sidefoots it right at Sifakis. The Greek GK fumbles it but a defender clears for a corner.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE! Ozil should have buried that. Gotze might have.

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    James Tyler: Now, here's more of what we were all expecting: entire German team minus Neuer parked in the attacking third, trying to tippen-zafen through on goal. So far, Greece holding firm after the shakiness of the first five minutes. Crowd is whistling.

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    James Tyler: I think it was an angled pass. I could be wrong. I frequently am.

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    [Comment from Nordy]
    You sure he wasn't going for the shot there JT?

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    James Tyler: Ozil tries to spring Klose behind the Greek defense but it's overhit.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Passes completed into the attacking third: Germany 27, Greece 3.

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    James Tyler: Agree, Jeff. His passing is off-target. Must have read Roger's glowing profile on ESPNFC this morning and got a little distracted.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Schweinsteiger seems a little off his game. That's a few times now where he's been dispossessed.

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    James Tyler: Nope, I am DOING IT LIVE.

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    [Comment from Mike R.]
    James, you've got Papastathopoulos set as ctrl-v, right?

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    James Tyler: Great play by Papastathopoulos to deny a promising German attack down the right flank.

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    James Tyler: Samaras apparently wore his "murdering boots" for this one.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    I love that Ian Darke just said that Samaras hasn't had his shooting boots on in this tournament. If by this tournament he means "his life."

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    James Tyler: (slow clap)

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    Xavi has already filed a formal complaint regarding the pitch.

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    James Tyler: Sotiris Ninis tries to find Salpingidis in the box but it's intercepted. 18 minutes in, still 0-0. Though Schurrle did have the ball in the net, though was marginally offside.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    And Statsie is back in the run of play.

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    James Tyler: Reus stumbles in pursuit of a pass. This pitch is a bit... interesting.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Attacking Third Touches:
    Germany 31
    Greece 6

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    Roger Bennett: God of love. God of wrath. Tower of Babel. Schweini

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    [Comment from RED CARD]
    I'm right around the corner

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    i wish u could buy magic spray at costco

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    [Comment from Michael]
    I thought Jesus was supposed to be peaceful.

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    Roger Bennett: Samaras is taking his role as the tournament's last Jesus look a like very seriously. dispensing justice to Schweini...

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    James Tyler: Seriously, Jeff! What is the Greek Jesus doing? Yellow carded for crunching the German No. 7. His third overzealous foul of the game.

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    James Tyler: Now Schweinie needs some MAGIC SPRAY.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Samaras is channeling Nigel de Jong.

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    [Comment from GFOP]
    When spoken, remember, tippen-zafen must be shouted in a rising crescendo.

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    James Tyler: Ozil lofts it in but it's cleared with ease.

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    James Tyler: Foul on Khedira by Samaras. Free-kick wide right for Germany.

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    James Tyler: Germans break again down the right, it's a lovely flowing move involving Reus, Ozil and Klose but Kyriakos Papadopoulos gets in the way.

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    James Tyler: Wow, BP. Think we'll use that. MAKE A NOTE: German tiki-taka = tippen-zafen. Superb.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    How about "tippen-zafen" it means "tap, type, touch" and "tap, draw, pull"

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    [Comment from GBK]
    The turf in front of Greece's GK looks like Soldier Field.

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    James Tyler: A great lyric from my favorite Beatles song. No dispute.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Ian Darke talking about Greek shipyards "rusting away". I love it when he goes local. During a late-season Rovers match last season, he noted: "4000 holes in Blackburn-Lancashire... and this team is about to fall down one of them."

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    James Tyler: Uh Oh.... another error for Schweinsteiger on this greasy pitch. Greece break with a two-on-two but it ends up with Neuer. Down the other end Marco Reus cuts infield and is found by Khedira with a lovely pass between the CBs. Reus' shot is off-target.

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    Roger Bennett: Mario Gomez sits on bench. Watching. And thinking about puns for "Trade-weighted exchange rate"

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    James Tyler: Whoops. Schweinsteiger's pass is sloppy, Salpingidis breaks, but he loses it too. The ball is a hot potato at present.

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    James Tyler: Khedira lofts one into the box for Klose but it's over his chiseled forehead. Goal kick, Greece.

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    [Comment from Calvin GFOP]
    As an economics major and a soccer fan, my two interest are finally aligning.

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    James Tyler: Ninth minute and Greece bedding down. Salpingidis chases a long throw and eludes Badstuber but Neuer gallops out to collect the loose ball.

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    James Tyler: AMAZING, Mike R.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike R.]
    Elasticity of Demand: Andy Carrol's shorts after a post-match spread.

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    James Tyler: Germans with a spot of tiki-taka. We need a Teutonic equivalency for the Spanish phrase.

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    James Tyler: Make it two.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    I accept your challenge, Rog.

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    James Tyler: I know at least one commenter who will try, Rog.

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    Roger Bennett: Whoever can fit "Stagflation," "Elasticity of Demand" and "Diminishing Margins of Return" into a pun for Greece's play tonight gets my respect

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    James Tyler: Khedira balloons a shot over from 25 yards. Die Mannschaft not shy in the early going. Greece backline rather wobbly.

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    James Tyler: Because it's 80 proof, I'm guessing. Probably a vodka mist/CK One blend.

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    Why don't American sports use magic spray?

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    James Tyler: Good lord, we are going to have good puns today. I approve.

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    [Comment from Christi]
    That was Greece's bailout.

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    [Comment from stretch]
    marginal offside calls so far.

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    James Tyler: MAGIC SPRAY with an early man of the match shout.

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    James Tyler: Greece backline a mess, Khedira shoots, Sifakis fumbles and Schurrle taps it in. Linesman flags for offside. Looked 50/50... and now Sifakis is down.

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    James Tyler: GOAL GERMANY! SO MUCH FOR AUSTERITY! ONLY IT DOESN'T COUNT

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Gomez would not have etc etc

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Sami Khedira is one of four German players with 200+ touches at EURO 2012.

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    James Tyler: #puns

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    [Comment from Germany]
    We sat Gomez, Podolski and Muller due to austerity measures

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    James Tyler: Khedira looks OK. For now.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Samaras lucky not to get booked

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    James Tyler: Panic! Samaras loses it on the left flank, Die Mannschaft breaks quickly but the low cross is behind Klose. Greece clears. Now, bigger issue, Sami Khedira's ankle looks like dog food following a zesty slide by Samaras. Stoppage in play...

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    James Tyler: Greece starting out sloooooow. No rush.

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    James Tyler: Mossy, thick and formidable.

  •  

    [Comment from Stuck at work]
    How are the Greek beards looking today?

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    James Tyler: Cheers! (prays for Greece to win)

  •  

    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    If Greece win, I will personally buy James Tyler the beer of his choice.

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    James Tyler: I have no idea what you're talking about, TLL. But it's great!

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    [Comment from The Likely Lad]
    Neuer, with his Teutonic jaw, next to Jason Schwartzman doppelgänger Philipp Lahm is quite die jüxtaposition.

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    Jeff Carlisle: The ref ruins the countdown!

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    James Tyler: We are underway!

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    James Tyler: Alright, the hype man's counting down...

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    James Tyler: Love it, Arsenalista.

  •  

    [Comment from Arsenalista]
    Low lie the Fields of Athenry, Where once we watched the small free birds fly!!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Henry]
    Rog, banners or pennants?

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    [Comment from Kevin Ray (NY)]
    Pulling for penalties

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm sure there is some irritation, but if he is smart, he'll accept coach's decision and be all about the "team."

  •  

    [Comment from Eric]
    If you're Gomez, are you mad at not getting the start today?

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    James Tyler: To recap lineups: Jogi Low turned tinkerman, dropping Mueller, Podolski and Gomez in favor of Reus, Schurrle and Klose. Though really, it's not really a drop in quality. Likely a tactical move given Greece's predilection for the 10-0-0

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Teams that score first in the quarterfinals of EURO are 11-0-2. Only draws - England (2000 vs Portugal) and Croatia (2008 vs Turkey). In both instances, those teams lost in PKs.

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    [Comment from TFA]
    3-1 Germany.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Germany 3 - 0 Greece, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, and Klose each have one

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    [Comment from Pog]
    This goes to PKs at 1-1. Just because I want to see Neuer do a PK again

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    Germany 3-0

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    [Comment from Eric]
    3-1 Germany

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    [Comment from Harrison Ma]
    3:1 German win!

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    If the Germans win, do they get to claim Santorini?

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    [Comment from GOOSE]
    i was just kidding...

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    [Comment from Mike R.]
    Germany 1, Greece 1, Own Goal 1, Post 0 (exhausted from yesterday)

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    [Comment from GOOSE]
    5-0 greece

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    [Comment from Gordo]
    3-0 Germany. The Greeks road ends against a superior German side

  •  

    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    Germany 2-0

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    [Comment from Flying Donkey]
    Germany 3-1 Greece

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    James Tyler: 2-1 Germany, after extra time

  •  

    [Comment from Max]
    Germany 4-1

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Germany 3-0

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    James Tyler: Of course, Statsie!

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    1-0 Greeks in a stunning smash and grab!

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    [Comment from MarkGoulash]
    Germany 3-0, Klose x2, Ozil 1

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    Jeff Carlisle: Prediction time:

    Germany 2-0.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Two more, James, if I may:
    @adlarcada_espn
    @pcarrespn

  •  

    [Comment from Eric]
    Rog, have you met Sir Ian Darke yet? If so, how did you greet him?

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    [Comment from Eric]
    Good move for the USMNT playing @ Azteca in August?

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    James Tyler: As for TV/Radio/Online for today's game:
    - ESPN, ESPN3/WatchESPN.com, or ESPNRadio.com should have you plenty covered.

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    James Tyler: If anyone wishes to find us after the game, you can locate us on Twitter here:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @JeffreyCarlisle
    @rogbennett
    @ESPNStatsInfo

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    James Tyler: Hello, GOOSE!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: For those looking for Greek similarities:
    -In the EURO 2004 Group Stage, Greece had 252 defensive touches. At EURO 2012 they have 231.
    -In the EURO 2004 Group Stage, Greece had 61 interceptions. At EURO 2012 they have 65.
    -In the EURO 2004 Group Stage, Greece had 10 shot blocks. At EURO 2012, they have 17.

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    [Comment from GOOSE]
    hey jt and carlisle, been a while since ive been on these gamecast but I'm back for some hellas action!

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    [Comment from stretch]
    And let players kick each other around? no thanks Mark

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    James Tyler: Disagree, Mark. There needs to be some repercussions for the De Jongs of world soccer. Maybe the review/appeal process could be widened for unfortunate cards, but we know FIFA and UEFA (and other confederations, for that matter) don't like to genuflect.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    I think anytime you're trading Gomez for Klose, there's no way that can be seen as disrespectful. Klose is practically a legend.The other's I'm not so sure of though.

  •  

    [Comment from MarkGoulash]
    They need to get rid of the card accumulatin rule in ALL competitions. I think it is a fine rule for regular season play but it ruins the UCL, Euro, World Cup, etc...

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    James Tyler: Of course, Orr. I mean, it's "only" a game, but not really. Those around the game itself always inject it with far more than just sporting sentiment.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Can't totally discount how the common fan feels about the game though. The footballers are all well off, but those cheering them on feel both the sport and the politics.

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    James Tyler: Interesting to see the poll results thus far; many trusting in Low's decisions as opposed to the "disrespect" angle being bandied about on Twitter.

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: The idea is to not have any players miss the final because of yellow card accumulation.

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    Roger Bennett: Also a lot of tension in germany... was it Bild that had a headline GREECE WE ARE NOT GOING TO BAIL YOU OUT THIS TIME. Badstuber is only german one away from a ban

  •  

    James Tyler: Cards reset AFTER the QFs.

  •  

    [Comment from Gordo]
    How do the cards accumulate in the playoffs? Do they reset, or carryover till the finals?

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: The most goals Greece has scored in a major international tournament was their 7 goals en route to the EURO 2004 crown. They could technically win EURO 2012 scoring just 6 goals.

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    James Tyler: There is A LOT of tension I think back in Greece. The progress of the Galanolefki is a major source of positivity considering the austerity measures, the cutbacks, etc. But yeah, just window dressing around the game. To a man, I'd bet the Greek squad would say they're focused on the game, the tournament. The rest can wait.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think the Greeks *always* bring a combative attitude. I agree that the political aspect is a talking point and no more.

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    Roger Bennett: Pog. Good to see fatherhood is brining out the mild side in you. LOT Airlines lost my luggage and i was kitted out in French national team gear by some french journos. Wearing that to the Spanish Press conf today was not the smartest thing i have ever done, but no knuckles were chucked my way. Mood ahead of that game is buoyant. Going to be a cracker

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    [Comment from Arsenalista]
    Are the political circumstances surrounding this game just media talking points, or will the Greeks adopt a combative attitude because of it?

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    James Tyler: I can't talk LFC right now, for those asking. It's forbidden according to my contract. We have all summer for me to blog, starry-eyed and full of hope, about the Red half of Merseyside.

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    Jeff Carlisle: K. Papadopoulos, Torosidis, and Salpingidis are on yellows for Greece.

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    James Tyler: LINEUPS:
    Germany (4-2-3-1):
    1-Neuer;
    20-Boateng, 5-Hummels, 14-Badstuber, 16-Lahm;
    6-Khedira, 7-Schweinsteiger;
    21-Reus, 8-Özil, 9-Schürrle;
    11-Klose.

    Greece (4-2-3-1):
    13-Sifakis;
    15-Torosidis, 19-Papastathopoulos, 5-K. Papadopoulos, 3-Tzavellas;
    6-Makos, 2-Maniatis;
    18-Ninis, 21-Katsouranis, 7-Samaras;
    14-Salpingidis

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Rog, I keep waiting a piece on your street fighting experiences in Donetsk, but nothing! Does ESPN frown on that sort of thing? If they give you any trouble, just tell them that if it was good enough for Norman Mailer, it's good enough for Roger Bennett.

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    James Tyler: "Only"

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    Roger Bennett: Blazer Patch. To be honest, i have been keeping my head down. Everyone here looks quite hard once they get over the age of three.

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    James Tyler: It's only a game!

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    [Comment from Financial stability]
    15 minutes and no bailout humor? I feel cheated!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Badstuber is the only German starter sitting on a yellow card.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    Rog, were you careful in that street fight like your son recommended?

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    Roger Bennett: Weather in Donetsk is cooling down after a roasting day. The wind here is warm and always smells flammable

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think Schweinsteiger will have the same role. I think putting him more forward plays right into Greece's hands.

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    Roger Bennett: Gordo... Agree Schweini is one of the greatest names in the game. If only one of his parents had been American... Quick plug for my profile of everyones favorite Bavarian
    http://espnfc.com/us/en/news/1111353/bennett-bastian-schweinsteiger-germanymidfield-key.html

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    [Comment from Eric W]
    How's the weather out in Donetsk?

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    James Tyler: Always, Scouser.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    I bet JT would argue for TYTON

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    James Tyler: Schweinie has been finding plenty of room in midfield from box to box, Christian. I could see that. Ozil more of a decoy in attack, hence Bastian's twin assists vs. the Dutch.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    With Schurrle and Reus in, do you see Schweinsteiger having more freedom to move forward, letting Ozil cover break outs? Bastian has better touch, but Ozil has better range.

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    James Tyler: Evening, Rog!

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    James Tyler: I'm partial to HOLGER BADSTUBER. Something about the D-STUB in the middle that is really enjoyable to yell. Scream it at a loved one some time!

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    Jeff Carlisle: I'm still not sure if Jogi Low is a genius with these changes, or if he's now guilty of overcoaching. I guess we'll find out.

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    Roger Bennett: Guten Abends from the Rose City of Donetsk JT

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    [Comment from Gordo]
    Is there a better name to call out than SCHWEINSTEIGER!!!!?? I think not.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: While I look up the answer to Eric's question, a link to our stats-oriented preview on ESPNFC: http://espnfc.com/en/blogs/euro2012/482/pirate-ship-tries-to-sink-surging-germans-2

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    [Comment from OWN GOAL]
    I want to come out of hiding! Today feels like the day to do it!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Okay, I'm back. Slight internet problems, but all is well now.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, AGGB. That last yellow was awful.

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    [Comment from A Good Greek Boy]
    Suspended from an accumlating of INCORRECT Yellows!

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    [Comment from Eric]
    Statsie, what is the most goals scored by a Greek national team in a major tournament?

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    James Tyler: THE heart and soul of that midfield. A Greek Roy Keane. Combative, passionate, determined. Also was on the field when Greece won in 2004. #DoItForKaragounis

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    James Tyler: Biggest shame for me regarding today's game? No Giorgos Karagounis. Suspended due to accumulation of yellows.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    #STATSIE

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Good evening James!

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    [Comment from The Post]
    No one better hit me today

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    James Tyler: Hi Statsie!!!!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Good evening, everyone. Zack Singer from ESPN Stats & Information checking in. But you can call me Statsie.

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    [Comment from A Good Greek Boy]
    I've got a feeling about Greece!!!! We're going to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    James Tyler: Very likely, Jan. Was considered on the bubble for the final 23 given that he did miss three months of 2012 for BvB.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Why haven't we seen any of Mario Gotze in this tournament? Is he still nursing his injury from the end of the season?

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    James Tyler: Not a bad signing at all once confirmed, DW.

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    [Comment from DW]
    I noticed Selassie got picked up by Bremen today. First kneejerk signing of the tournament

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    Klose is more of a player who can do it without batting an eye, whereas Gomez needs more coaching.

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    James Tyler: Seen Mario Gotze much? Really, Gotze's still so young that it's no disrespect to him if he's not starting. He's got a v. long international career. Ozil is first choice.

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    I find it hard to believe he's got anyone on the bench more gifted than Mueller.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Troy! I'll keep Ronaldo mentions to a minimum today, just for you.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Hey James, ol' pal.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    I think it's the exact opposite actually. Gomez has shown that he can head the ball if needed. But given Greece's strengths, he'd prefer a mobile player like Klose who is more flexible than Gomez.

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    [Comment from Darren]
    I think putting in the talented front three, with the experience of Klose and the hunger of the younger two will provide a spark on both sides of the ball.

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    James Tyler: That's also a viable point, Orr. Germany's entire squad is stacked. No weak links in the 23 at all.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    He made changes sure, but would anyone really argue he lessened the quality of the side? I certainly wouldn't.

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    James Tyler: Fair point also, Michael. I just don't view Low as the type to disrespect teams. Think this is a tactical ploy. And if it fails, he can just summon Mueller and co off the bench.

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    If it's not broken, why fix it?

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    James Tyler: I really think Low's switching things up for tactical reasons. Not because he thinks Greece is a pushover. If he thought that, maybe Per Mertesacker would be playing.

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    [Comment from stretch]
    Low has not made a bad decision yet. I trust him.

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    James Tyler: Secret's safe, Christian.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    I can't believe my company is paying me to chat about soccer 4 days a week (but please don't tell them!)

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    James Tyler: Here's the lineups:
    Germany XI: Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Reus, Özil, Schürrle; Klose.

    Greece (4-2-3-1): 13-Sifakis; 15-Torosidis, 19-Papastathopoulos, 5-K. Papadopoulos, 3-Tzavellas; 6-Makos, 2-Maniatis; 18-Ninis, 21-Katsouranis, 7-Samaras; 14-Salpingidis

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    James Tyler: Hi Jeff!

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    James Tyler: Ergo, feels like horses for courses. If Greece packs the box, Low wants better ball skill around the area. Klose should hopefully test the CBs and open up space for Ozil and co to exploit.

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    James Tyler: Klose = tall, better aerial presence. Schurrle = lots of pace. Reus = more technically gifted on the ball compared to Mueller.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greetings everyone! Joachim Loew with a bit of a shocker it must be said.

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    James Tyler: Greece will sit deep and defend, so the way I interpret it is as follows:

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    James Tyler: Really don't see it that way at all, JA.

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    [Comment from JA]
    What do you think about the changes to the German lineup? Slap in the Greek face?

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    James Tyler: Let's address THE BIGGEST QUESTION first off...

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    James Tyler: Good on you, Alex. We're just getting settled -- Jeff Carlisle and Roger Bennett will be along presently, along with a Statsie.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    I'm working early today so I am ready for this. Lunch already done and dusted.

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    James Tyler: 30 minutes until kickoff between Germany and Greece in Gdansk!

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    James Tyler: Happy Euros!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 24(14)

  • 15

  • 9

  • 66%

    34%

  • Greece

  • 9(5)

  • 16

  • 10

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Greece
24(14) Shots (on goal) 9(5)
9 Fouls 10
10 Corner kicks 1
5 Offsides 2
66% Time of Possession 34%
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 8