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Joachim LowTonight's quarter-final action sees 2004 champions Greece take on favourites Germany in Gdansk. (Germany 1/3 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Greece).

Greece created arguably the biggest surprise of the Euro 2012 tournament so far by leapfrogging to second from bottom of Group A after a 1-0 victory over Russia. Now operating under Portuguese manager Fernando Santos, the Greek's battling tendencies are ever apparent and extend to their squad, 8 of whom have played in Germany, the list includes central defenders Kyriakos Papadopoulous and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Greece will be sitting deep hoping to stifle the Germans, but they rarely score more than once, so their first goal will be especially vital. (Greece 10/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Germany).

Coach Santos said their victory in 2004 gives the side hope as they enter the quarter-finals. He said: "We showed great resolution in our 2004 success, and were written off before the tournament, but still managed to reach the final and win. This is a source of inspiration for us this time around."

Germany though, are a different story. They are the only team in Euro 2012 to have won all their matches so far, as well as winning all 10 of their qualifying matches. They have also never lost a European Championship quarter-final, so are pretty much a sure thing for tonight's match, but could Greece cause an upset? (Germany 17/4 in Euro 2012 Betting to draw with Greece).

Germany coach Joaquim Low said: "Logically, yes we are favourites, but that doesn't mean we can take Greece for granted, knockout games have their own character, so it is not necessarily the case that as favourites we will automatically reach the semi-finals. But if we show all of our strength and belief, then we are strong enough a team to beat the Greeks, and I am convinced we will." (Mario Gomez 7/2 in Euro 2012 Betting to be first goal scorer).

 

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