Euro 2012: German papers hail 'unstoppable' Mannschaft

Updated: 23 June 2012 19:20 IST

Germany's press on Saturday celebrated a convincing win for the national side, calling Joachim Loew's team "unstoppable" after their demolition job on Greece in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

Euro 2012: German papers hail 'unstoppable' Mannschaft
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Gdansk, Poland:

Germany's press on Saturday celebrated a convincing win for the national side, calling Joachim Loew's team "unstoppable" after their demolition job on Greece in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

Germany is a match away from reaching a second successive Euro final, four years after being beaten by Spain, and looking good to end a 16 year trophy drought.

"No-one else will stop us!" the online edition of the Bild tabloid said on its home page, adding: "And especially not the English or Italians."

Germany won the match, in Gdansk, 4-2 with goals from captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus, outclassing their opponents to set up a tie with either England or Italy, who play on Sunday.

Bild gave its best marks -- 10/10 -- to Mesut Ozil, whom, it assessed, "finally showed his world class" by being "part of the build-up to every German goal".

"Germany blows up the Greek fortress," said kicker.de. The sports site said that the 15th win in 15 games for Germany was "a world record".

The light-hearted sports site 11Freunde (11 Friends) went for political humour, given Germany's insistence that Greece instigates tough public sector cuts to offset crippling debt and a potentially wider Eurozone crisis.

11Freunde headlined is page with "Finally Greece out of the Euro", as did Tagesspiegel: "Germany kicks Greece out of the Euro."

Bild.de for its part wrote that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was at the game, could celebrate "Greece's sporting bankruptcy".

The more seriously-minded Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised Loew's audacious gamble of leaving Lukas Podolski, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez on the bench to make way for Marco Reus, Andre Schuerrle and the 34-year-old Miroslav Klose.

"German rotation crowned a success. Coach Loew shows courage not seen for years and it pays off," it said in its online edition.

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