Slick Ger­many ease into Euro quar­ter-fi­nals

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LILLE (France)—Lille (France) (AFP) - Jerome Boateng scored his first in­ter­na­tional goal to set Ger­many on their way to a 3-0 win against Slo­vakia at Euro 2016 on Sun­day as the world cham­pi­ons cruised into the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Boateng opened his ac­count eight min­utes into his 63rd in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance and Joachim Loew’s side never looked back against out­classed op­po­nents.

Me­sut Ozil had a penalty saved soon af­ter but Julian Draxler set up Mario Gomez to dou­ble the lead two min­utes be­fore half-time and the were rapidly nipped in the bud by the world cham­pi­ons, who un­der­lined their cre­den­tials and sent a clear mes­sage to their Euro ri­vals.

Sami Khedira was first to threaten with a header from a Toni Kroos free-kick that was tipped over by Slo­vakian ‘keeper Ma­tus Kozacik, and from the cor­ner that fol­lowed Ger­many were in front.

Kroos’ de­liv­ery from the Ger­man left was headed out by Mi­lan Skriniar but the ball fell for Boateng on the edge of the box and the Bay­ern Mu­nich stop­per met it on the vol­ley, find­ing

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