Germany stormed into the quarter-final of Euro 2016 after defeating Slovakia comprehensively in a round of 16 encounter on Sunday. Jerome Boateng, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez scored a goal each against Slovakia.
Slovakia were under pressure right from the start of the game. The world champions were rampant as Jerome Boateng opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the match.
Minutes after that, Germany won a penalty kick. Mesut Ozil stepped up to take the penalty kick and his shot was saved by the Slovakia goalkeeper.
Julian Draxler was one of the best players on the pitch. He earned the assist for the second goal. Draxler tricked couple of defenders and played a through ball to Gomez and the latter just had to tap the ball into the back of the net. Gomez did it with consummate ease.
Germany was leading 2-0 till the end of the first half of the match. Slovakia never looked like they were in the game.
Draxler volleyed into the top corner of the net in the 63rd minute of the match and that was the final nail in the coffin. Slovakia coul never had come back from there and it was all easy for Joachim Low and his boys.
One would have thought that Slovakia will put up a strong show in front of Germany but they were unable to match the brilliance of the Germans on Sunday.
Low will be quite happy with the kind of performance that his boys put up on Sunday. He had criticised his forwards after the previous matches but they stepped up to the occasion and powered their nation into the quarter-final of Euro 2016.
Germany yet again, dominated the ball possession in this match against Slovakia. The world champions have been dominant with the possession in Euro 2016 so far and they will be looking to emulate the same in their next game as well.
Unfortunately, Slovakia will have to go home for the second time in a major tournament after they qualified for the knockout rounds.
Germany will now face the winner of Italy vs Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. That is undoubtedly going to be a huge game.