World Champions Germany came through Group C in top spot, they haven’t quite set the world alight in their first three matches while only showing glimpses of what they are capable of and this Evening they go up against a Slovakian side who managed to hold England to a goalless draw on Monday night and in turn secure their own qualification to the Round of 16.
Slovakian knew that a point would be enough to see them threw and that’s exactly what they played for. It wasn’t very pretty to watch but they weren’t obliged to go out and chase a win. That said they defended very well and managed to frustrate England for 90 minutes, you just hope now that we are at the knockout stages that they will play a more open game especially with talents such as Marek Hamsik and Vladimir Weiss at their disposal.
If they do decide to go more attacking then Monday’s offering then there is always the risk that the Germans could pick them apart. It’s no exaggeration when I say that they could and should have been 5-0 up at half time against Northern Ireland on Tuesday. If it wasn’t for the goalkeeping heroics of Michael McGovern then that would have been the case
The first 45 minutes of that game was the best that Germany have shown to the world in this tournament but you still get the feeling that they are going to have to play better if they are to go on and win the competition. Even more so when you see how tough the bottom half of the draw is shaping up to be.
If Germany are to win the European Championships for the first time in 20 years they are going to have to do it the hard way. Should they go on to beat Slovakia this Evening they would then have to face the winner of the Spain vs Italy tie on Monday. But even though they aren’t quite at their best as the cliche goes, never write off the Germans
I can’t see Slovakia being able to park the bus for another 90 minutes, but that’s more because I think German have too much of an attacking threat to pick them up. It will only take one well placed pass from Mesut Ozil to make a difference and that might be all that is needed. My money is Germany to move onto the Quarters.