Low ready for Greek challenge

Germany coach surprised by 2004 champions' progress

Joachim Low: Germany coach is expecting a tough challenge against Greece

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Germany coach Joachim Low says playing Greece in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 will be like 'biting on a rock'.

Greece, the 2004 European champions, caused a major surprise in reaching the last eight by beating Russia 1-0 on Saturday to pinch second place in Group A.

Their reward is a meeting with Germany in Gdansk on Friday and Low is expecting a tough challenge against Greece.

"The Greeks will be a great challenge for us," said Low. "It will be like biting on a rock!

Masters of efficiency

"I have never played a game against Greece before and no one thought they'd make it this far in the competition.

"The Greeks will be a great challenge for us. It will be like biting on a rock!"

Joachim Low

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"Russia had been very strong in the first two games and no one believed they'd lose to the Greeks.

"Greece are the masters of efficiency. In this competition they've had maybe three or four chances and they have scored three goals.

"They can also defend really well and throw themselves into every challenge. They are very hard men. We know they will try to take the tempo out of the game, as Denmark did against us the other night.

"So we've got to be tighter in the midfield and keep our quick passing game going. Like Denmark, Greece will try to keep their men behind the ball and maybe hit us with a set-piece or on the counter-attack.

"Three or four years ago we wouldn't have won a game like we did against Denmark. But now we have really good technical players who can control the play and after 60 or 70 minutes take advantage of the opponents.

"These days we are much more mature in our play. So far we have done the job we came here to do and I'm very pleased to finish our group with maximum points.

"But we can still do a bit better and that's what we'll need to do in our next games."