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EURO 2012 LIVE: Germany 4, Greece 1

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2203: Unbelievable! Greece, outplayed significantly in the first half, has clawed itself level against Germany. Salpingidis is played away down the right and escapes Philipp Lahm. The Greek striker sends over a perfectly-weighted cross and finds Samaras, who gets ahead of Boateng in the center and prods the ball underneath Neuer and into the net. Incredible scenes and the Greeks, somehow, are back in this.

2200: GOAL! Germany 1, Greece 1 (Samaras).

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2159: From AP photographer Michael Sohn, pitchside: German fans are singing, ‘We paid for your tickets!’

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2151: The players are out for the second half and Germany will get it underway. Two half time changes for Greece, Fanis Gekas and Giorgis Fotakis for Ninis and Tzavellas.

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2137: The statistics don’t lie: Germany had 70 percent of possession in the first half. And look at this: Passes completed by the Germans _ 344. Greece? 78. Germany has the lead and the mystery is how it is only by one goal. They have been by far the better side, dominating from the very first minute and have created numerous chances.

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HALF-TIME: Germany 1, Greece 0.

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2130: Germany continues its dominance as it looks to double its lead before half time. Schuerrle cuts in from the left and tries to curl a shot goalwards, but his attempt is deflected out for a corner, which Greece manages to clear.

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2128: It’s a fantastic goal from Lahm, but Greece’s defending here is abject to say the least. He receives the ball on the left from Khedira and chests the ball down, skips forward and releases a swerving, dipping shot from outside the penalty area into the far corner of the net. Siafkis got a fingertip to it, but the shot was too powerful for him to push it round the post. The Greeks are punished for standing off the left back and Germany deservedly has the lead.

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2124: GOAL! Germany 1, Greece 0 (Lahm).

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2119: Germany coach Joachim Loew looks furious on the sideline at how wasteful his side has been so far, after Reus fires another effort wide from the edge of the penalty area. Is he worried that his decision to drop Podolski, Gomez and Mueller will come back to haunt him?

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2111: This could be a long night for the Greeks. They’re pinned back in their half and the Germans are coming forward in waves but just can’t hit the target. Klose comes very close to scoring but can’t quite stretch far enough to connect with a cross right in front of goal. Merkel, in the stands, has her hands over her mouth looking at that latest missed chance.

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