Quarterfinal 2, Euro 2012: Open Thread

Gdansk: Beautiful stadia everywhere nowadays.

My team is out, but Euro 2012 has plenty more to offer. Today's second quarterfinal is the bailout bowl, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in attendance. Get ready, Gdansk.

Germany vs. Greece, 2:45 pm ET (ESPN)

Germany: Group B winner. Defeated Portugal (1-0), defeated Netherlands (2-1), defeated Denmark (2-1).

A huge mismatch on paper, but that's why they play the game. Germany has lived up to its mantle of co-favorites, taking maximum points in the "Group of Death." Joachim Low will not allow Die Mannschaft to overlook their less-fancied opponents with a spot in the semifinals on the line. Mario Gomez has a chance to take command of the Golden Boot race with a goal or two.

Greece: Group A runner-up. Drew Poland (1-1), lost to Czech Republic (1-2), defeated Russia (1-0).

Greece has already survived a potentially devastating defeat (to the Czech Republic) and the loss of its starting goalkeeper. So reaching the knockout stage is an achievement, particularly at the expense of goal-happy Russia. The loss of talismanic Panathinaikos midfielder Giorgos Karagounis due to yellow card accumulation (on a questionable call) will be sorely felt. But the Greeks won Euro 2004 facing similar odds, and don't underestimate ethniki pride for a wounded nation.

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