[GERMANY-GREECE] The fabulous depth in Germany's national team was on display for the world to see Friday as Coach Joachim Loew dropped the attacking trio of Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller and the Germans did not miss a beat in a 4-2 win over Greece in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals.
Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus, both inserted into the starting lineup, scored in a 13-minute spell when Germany broke open the game with three goals.
"I had a feeling after three wins that we had to make some changes to breathe some life into the team," Loew said. "The time was ripe to do something different. I think they did it well."
The 23-year-old Reus was a revelation with a strong game on the right wing.
Klose entered the game with 63 international goals but had been relegated to the bench behind Gomez, who scored three goals in Germany's first two games.
"I was glad that I got that goal," said Klose. "I was really happy to be given the chance to start. Our bench is very, very strong, which makes us stand out. Anyone can come in and play, which is great for us."
Germany dominated the first half, but only broke through in the 39th minute when captain Philipp Lahm scored.
A shock equalizer from Georgios Samaras on the counter briefly tied the score in the 55th minute.
But a powerful volley by Sami Khedira six minutes later turned the game in Germany's favor for good.
Klose scored the third on a header, and Reus made it 4-1 with a goal off Klose's rebound.
A late penalty by Dimitris Salpingidis served as caution for the Germans that they will need to do better on defense if they are to win their fourth European Championship.