Germany have qualified for the quarter finals of the Euro 2016 after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Slovakia.
Jérôme Boateng was the unlikely scorer, lining up a volley from a couple of yards outside the area when a corner was cleared straight to him and nailing it to beat Matus Kozacik low to the goalkeeper’s right. There may have been the slightest of touches from Milan Skriniar along the way but not a significant deflection. It looked as if Slovakia might go from bad to worse when Martin Skrtel earned a booking and conceded a penalty four minutes later but Mesut Özil granted him a reprieve with a spot-kick that was too easy for Kozacik to save.
Germany went off the boil a little in the second part of the first half, even to the extent of allowing Juraj Kucka a headed chance that Manuel Neuer had to be at his acrobatic best to keep out, though the situation was redeemed when Gómez scored his second goal in two games a couple of minutes before the break. He could hardly miss after all the hard work was done by Julian Draxler, breaking through to the byline on the left then carrying the ball towards goal to leave Gómez the simplest of opportunities from inside the six-yard line.
The impressive Draxler – when going forward at any rate – stole his space and some of his thunder with Germany’s third goal after an hour, punishing a misdirected clearance by Jan Gregus with a well-executed close-range volley to score the third goal for Germany to seal the victory.