Slick Germany ease into Euro quarter-finals
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