Germany cruised into the final 8 in style by defeating their opponent in a thumping defeat. Germany came into the match as group leaders and Slovakia as the third place team and the difference in the quality was clearly seen the way Germany dictated the game against the poor Slovakian team. Germany fielded both Mario Gomez and Kimmich who impressed the German boss in their last outing and delivered according to the expectations. This win clearly showed why Germany is considered as the favorites to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament.
Germany vs Slovakia: The world champions into the final 8 with a stellar performance
Slovakia came into the match unchanged and Germany started playing the high pressing game just from the first minute and was soon rewarded with a goal when Jerome Boateng 25 yard volley landed right in the Slovakian goal post just in the 8th minute. Germany even earned a penalty when Mario Gomez was brought down by Martin Skrtel but Mesut Ozil was not able to capitalize on it as his average spot kick was easily stopped by the Slovakian number one but that didn’t break the German momentum as Germany kept their dominance. The introduction of Draxler in the starting lineup was a master stroke by the German boss Joachim Low as he was the pick of the player ending the match with one goal and one assist. The third goal came when Draxler poked into the Slovakian penalty box from a wide angle and delivered a perfect final ball to Mario Gomez who made no mistake and smashed it past Slovakian goalkeeper. The first half ended with a 2-0 score line and Slovakian team looked a bit threatening when they came after the break, but the German team soon settled and started dominating again and the score line became 3-0 when Draxler placed the ball into the net with a superb volley.
The world champions show off their title credentials
Germany before this match had three unconvincing displays, but coming into this match, they clearly established their title credentials with a commanding victory over the Slovakian team. Slovakian team was largely busy in chasing the German players who were cracking the Slovakian back line with their back to back attacks. Mesut Ozil and Tony Kross were there with their master class display and Mario Gomez booked his place in the team with a brilliant performance. What is worth mentioning is that this German team is yet to concede a goal and have kept four clean sheets a feat that they never have achieved in the European championship.
Julian Draxler is the new star on the German team
I was completely shocked with the exclusion of Marco Reus from the team as his antics were the one that could have been crucial for Germany, but Julian Draxler’s last night performances were absolutely perfect and he truly proved that why he deserves a full time opportunity for the German team. His runs provided Germany with the crucial width and that led to the natural game of Tony Kross, who was able to dictate the game. The final ball to Gomez was the absolute genuineness and the goal he scored was also a show of his brilliance.
Hamsik didn’t lead the team by example
The big matches are those where the main man on your team steps up to deliver a standout performance and the Slovakian team would have also expected this from their captain Hamisk to lead them by example, but he couldn’t as he looked completely out of his stride and was a jaded figure for the most part of the game. Just after the restart of the game where Slovakia looked a bit dangerous, Hamisk was not there to help his teammates to come up with a comeback goal.