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.
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 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.