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Germany go through the gears to see off Slovakia

Germany go through the gears to see off Slovakia

| | 27 Jun 2016, 10:58 am
Lille Métropole, Jun 27 (IBNS): Germany produced one of the most complete performances of UEFA EURO 2016 so far to beat Slovakia 3-0 and reach the quarter-finals.

No other outcome was likely, Germany not looking back from the moment Jérôme Boateng gave them an early lead. Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler also found the net in a display which will have made the rest of the tournament sit up and take even starker notice of the world champions.

Indeed Sami Khedira had already threatened with a header when Boateng's eighth-minute volley deflected in off Milan Škriniar. The ricochet was key, but the technique was impressive from a central defender who had barely trained all week due to a calf injury.

Mesut Özil could have cemented victory after 14 minutes but his penalty – Martin Škrtel had tugged Gomez's shirt – was saved by Matúš Kozáčik. Though the Arsenal man and Draxler both went close amid relentless German pressure, Slovakia might have drawn level had Juraj Kucka directed his close-range header beyond Manuel Neuer's reach.

Two minutes later it was game over, Gomez turning in after a fine run and cutback from Draxler. The Schalke forward, a surprise starter in place of Mario Götze, was excellent and got a deserved goal of his own when he hooked a smart volley into the roof of the net from a corner just after the hour.

There was further pressure, Toni Kroos denied at the death, but Germany's work was done – they eased off the gas to ready themselves for bigger tests to come.

Man of the match: Julian Draxler (Germany)

Credit: UEFA.com

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