Germany strolled into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a convincing 3-0 win over Slovakia in their last-16 clash at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday.
- Germany 3 Slovakia 0
- Boateng opens scoring early on
- Ozil penalty saved by Kozacik
- Gomez doubles lead before HT
- Draxler seals comfortable win
Die Mannschaft controlled the match from start to finish and they didn’t look back after taking the lead through Jerome Boateng on eight minutes.
They were cruising when Mario Gomez added a second goal on the stroke of half-time and Julian Draxler sealed the victory just after the hour mark to ensure a place in the last eight.
The world champions were quickly into their stride in a dominant display as the Falcons barely saw the ball.
Sami Khedira had the first chance on seven minutes as he tested Matus Kozacik with a header from Toni Kroos’ cross and the Germans took the lead from their next attack moments later.
A corner from the left was half-cleared to Boateng, who hit a first-time volley from 20 yards out that took a touch off Milan Skriniar and beat Kozacik inside his right post.
Joachim Low’s side should have been two goals up on 13 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for Martin Skrtel’s push on Mario Gomez as the striker jumped to meet Thomas Muller’s cross from the right.
But Kozacik kept his team in the contest with a superb diving save at full stretch to his left to deny Mesut Ozil from the spot.
Kroos and Ozil had half-chances before the Arsenal playmaker lashed the ball fractionally wide from 16 yards out as Gomez’s header dropped into his path.
Germany continued to ask all the questions as Muller headed over at the near post from Ozil’s left-wing cross before the Bayern Munich forward blazed over the crossbar from just inside the area and Gomez then sent a shot wide of the target on the turn.
Slovakia finally created their first chance on 41 minutes as Juraj Kucka saw his back-post header kept out by a fine one-handed save from Manuel Neuer following a cross on the right from Peter Pekarik.
Jan Kozak’s men threatened again moments later when Skriniar saw his shot drift wide of the far post as he looked for the top corner from just inside the area on the left.
Instead it was Germany who scored again, Julian Draxler carrying the ball to the byline on the left before picking Gomez out at the near post with his cut-back and the striker had the easy task of tapping home from a few yards out.
The Slovakians made a better start in the second half and Kucka tested Neuer with a rasping effort from just outside the area on 49 minutes, before Marek Hamsik saw his free-kick deflected wide of the target and Jan Durica went even closer from another set-piece soon afterwards.
But the Germans put the game to bed on 63 minutes from a corner which was headed by Mads Hummels towards the back post, where Draxler coolly volleyed home from inside the six-yard box.
The three-time European Championship winners continued to control proceedings, but were unable to score a fourth as Slovakia had to defend for all they were worth in the closing stages.
Kroos went the closest in stoppage time as he got on the end of a low cross from the right, but Kozacik made a sharp save to keep him out.