By Andy Hyslop
- Germany see off Slovakia with ease to book spot in quarter-finals
- They will face the winners of Italy v Spain in the last eight
- Schweinsteiger starts the game on the bench
Germany sent out an ominous warning to their Euro 2016 rivals with a near perfect performance as they beat Slovakia 3-0.
After looking a bit rusty in the group stages. World Champions Germany showed what a team they are with an almost complete performance against Slovakia.
Germany started the game on the front foot and were ahead after eight minutes. It came from the left boot of central defender Jerome Boateng.
Slovakia cleared a Toni Kroos corner to the end of the area, where Boateng ran onto the clearance to hit a sweet volley from 25 yards.
It was a first International goal for the Bayern Munich man, playing in a 63rd game for his country.
Five minutes later, Germany had an opportunity to double their lead when the referee pointed to the spot following a push on Maria Gomez.
Up stepped Mesut Ozil and he aimed for the bottom right-hand corner of the net but his effort was at a good height for Slovakia keeper Matus Kozacik to palm away.
Germany looked dangerous with every attack
Despite the missed penalty it was a matter of time before Germany added to their one goal lead. The Slovakia defence were struggling to cope with the attacking quartet of Ozil, Draxler, Muller and Gomez.
Manuel Neuer was called into action for the first time on 42 minutes, when he saved well from Juraj Kucka header.
Germany went straight up the other end of the pitch to make it 2-0. Draxler danced past Kucka to the by-line and cut the ball back to the edge of the six-yard box where Gomez met the ball.
Germany continued to dominate after the half-time break and had several opportunities to make 3-0 before Draxler got the third on 63 minutes.
Again it came from a corner as Hummels won a header from a Kroos corner that bounced of a defender and fell to Draxler at the edge of the six yard box where he volleyed into the roof of the net.
Germany now await the winner of Italy against Spain in the quarter-finals.