Greece gains respect but Germany wins at football

Germany ousted Greece from the European Championship on Friday,

denying an uplifting ending to an emotional week of football and

politics for the Greeks.

In their Euro 2012 quarterfinals match, as in the crisis-hit

eurozone economy, German influence proved tough for Greece to

overcome and the match ended 4-2.

Defeat was a little harder for Greek fans to swallow in the

presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, their perceived

nemesis on the political field.

Merkel was met with a chorus of theatrical whistles and jeers by

Greece fans each time her image appeared on Arena Gdansk stadium’s

four giant screens.