Jerome Boateng 8', Mario Gomez 43', Julian Draxler 62'
Germany produce their best performance of the tournament so far to move into the Quarter-Finals, and with re-instated Julian Draxler man-of-the-match, Joachim Löw must receive considerable credit for the team line-up.
Germany celebrate spectacular 3-0 win over Slovakia - from dfb.de
"We had total control over the match and filled the gaps well. It was a very comprehensive victory. Normally, Jerome Boateng is only put on the edge of the box for protection, but he took the ball brilliantly. A great start for us. Julian Draxler was very good in the first matches. I encouraged him to play with courage and to play in the space. He set up the second goal and scored the third. That was a result of his hard work in training.
It makes you feel really good, when the defence play so well. We never allowed the Slovakians into the game. The whole team worked very well defensively, even Gomez, Özil and Draxler up front."
On man-of-the-match Julian Draxler, he said "Julian showed great movement. He displayed a lot of courage with his pace going into one-on-one situations. He worked very hard, and made some intelligent runs. I was very pleased with him."
On Jerome Boateng, who scored his first ever goal in a German shirt: "Jerome has nothing more to prove. I am glad that he was able to play today, because the team know that they rely on him: he wins a lot of tackles and also does a lot going forward. Jerome, as well as Mats Hummels, was very vigilant today. And Jerome's early goal gave us a lot of security. Normally, he is only there for protection, but he took the ball exceptionally well. It was a brilliant start."
On the 'false nine' debate: "We don't think about it in terms of false nine or real number nine anymore. If no-one is trying to penetrate the defence, then even a system with a real number nine will face problems. We performed a lot better today and against Northern Ireland. And Mario is making his mark, having scored two goals in two games. He is also displaying good form in training and has rediscovered some self belief." - from dfb.de
"Of course, like any other side, we've had our problems getting into the tournament because there are a lot of tactics in the group stage as teams can go through with three points. With all due respect to Slovakia, this is no pointer that we are going to dominate this tournament. We are still going to have to improve.Joachim Löw demands more if Euro 2016 title hopes are to be realised despite strong showing
"I am happy the defence worked that well," he said. "But now we will play against a lot more dangerous sides with top strikers. We will face a lot of quality. So it was good with the defence, but also mid and attack we enforced long balls by pressing them. If we continue to play compactly it will be difficult for any oppositions."Löw: "No sleepless nights for Germany over Italy or Spain"
"No, I'm sleeping well," he said after the round-of-16 victory. "Both sides are among the favourites.And on dfb.de:
"Now we are up against a different calibre of opposition, in either Spain or Italy. We will see how training goes and then see who will play. The Spaniards are slight favourites tomorrow, but Italy are also very skilled. Italy have started the tournament very strongly and will put up fierce resistance to Spain. The outcome is very hard to predict. We will definitely be practising penalties this week. The week will be planned around our analysis of the opposition and we will keep working on the same things, on our defensive setup, and also on attacking play, focussing on forward runs in particular."
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Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng (Benedikt Höwedes), Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger), Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller, Julian Draxler (Lukas Podolski), Mario Gomez
One change was made from the last match against Northern Ireland - Julian Draxler replacing Mario Götze
Löw wants Germany to be 'better than England' vs. Slovakia
Germany coach Joachim Löw is confident his side will be "better than England" when it plays Slovakia on Sunday in the last 16 at the European Championship.
Slovakia held England to a goalless draw to reach the knockout stage as one of four third-place sides behind Wales and England in Group B. The draw earned praise from Löw, whose own side was beaten 3-1 by Slovakia in a storm-interrupted friendly in Augsburg, Germany on May 29.
Löw described Slovakia on Saturday as "one of the surprises of the opening round."
"But they already played a great game against us in Augsburg. They were very vigorous, very courageous and very good technically," Löw said. "They beat Russia, were a bit unlucky against Wales and lost, and played a scoreless draw against a strong England side. They have some experienced players in defense. I think we'll find ways and means, so we'll do better than England."
Löw said Slovakia was as good a counterattacking side as Poland, which held Germany to a scoreless draw in the group stage.
"Their whole game is based on a strong defense," Löw said. "They control the space well, are very strong in challenges and they can break with three or four quick players. Of course nearly everything goes through the middle, through (Napoli star Marek) Hamsik, who also has a good shot at goal."
"Toni has now only been performing at a very high level at this tournament, but also after Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup," Low said at a news conference.
Training, Evian-les-Bains, 25 June 2016
An interview with Jogi on Sportschau - 25 June 2016
Germany's Jerome Boateng fit to play against Slovakia - Joachim LöwGermany defender Jerome Boateng is fit to face Slovakia on Sunday after coming through training on Saturday with no problems.