Germany 3 Slovakia 0: Into European 2016 quarterfinals walk despite Mesut Ozil penalty miss.
At one point you practically anticipated Toni Kroos to request a stein of beer and swig while the game ran. It was their finest performance of the tournament by some space, as the clear favorites to win, and it creates them, as well as France.
All bets were off in the second Jérôme Boateng gave them an early lead with a stunning volley from 25 yards, scuppering Slovakia’s gameplan which to be honest hadn’t been functioning that well anyhow. Germany’s brilliant defense just took over, after which. With Slovakia compelled to come, Germany could only bide their time, and their pressing was a model and pick them away. Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez finished the success either side of halftime.
It was a close-run thing between Boateng and him, but he was likely the greatest player on the pitch, having offered up masterclass.
After replacing Mario Gotze in the starting XI Gomez scored for the second straight match, and there’s a feeling that this German team is beginning to purr the perfect instant, although there continue to be kinks to iron out. Slovakia, who’d defeated Germany 3-1 in a friendly, cannot get close to including Germany’s rate of movement of intelligence and thought. Also, it set their rearguard into a particular view on Monday night against England.
So great before in this tournament, Marek Hamsik, was disappointing here. He failed to play telling ones, misplaced too many passes, and usually did not use the influence needed if Slovakia were to get close to an upset. When they got the ball down, they could play with some beautiful things, but at the critical point in an assault one pass would always go. Or Boateng intercept and would only muscle in.
Three-nil might have been more. In the 13th minute of the matching pull and Martin, Skrtel attempted to shove Gomez like a door that was locked, after that the Polish referee awarded a penalty.
Does Germany have any weaknesses that are real? It’s a question that Italy or Spain, who they face, will have the ability to reply with more conviction. Maybe Hummels is still of complete sharpness after a recent injury. Maybe better defenses will have the capacity to nullify Gomez readily. But there was something unambiguous in Germany’s way – call it swagger, call – that suggested they are not harboring any of those uncertainties is poised by it themselves. That’s what’ll stress everyone else.