Euro 2016

Euro 2016: Germany cruise into quarter-finals with 3-0 win over Slovakia

Germany's Julian Draxler scores his side's third goal against Slovakia. Photo / AP
Germany's Julian Draxler scores his side's third goal against Slovakia. Photo / AP

Germany produced its best performance yet at the European Championship, beating Slovakia 3-0 and advancing to the quarterfinals.

Jerome Boateng got the World Cup winners off to a good start when he scored from outside the penalty area in the eighth minute.

Despite dominating chances and possession, Germany had to wait until the 43rd for the next goal, scored by Mario Gomez with a simple finish at the near post. Julian Draxler added the third with a volley in the 63rd after Mats Hummels got his head to a corner.

Mesut Ozil had the chance to score another in the first half after Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty for a blatant shove on Gomez, but Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away the spot kick.

Germany will next face either Spain or Italy in the quarterfinals in Bordeaux on Sunday.



- NZ Herald

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