Germany's destruction of Slovakia would have been flawless but for one unlikely moment


Germany eased into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with the type of performance that reminded everyone just why they are world champions.

In was the standard sort of clinical performance you expect from a German side as they beat Slovakia 3-0 ... except for one glaring moment.

Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik saves a penalty kicked by Germany's Mesut Ozil
(Frank Augstein/AP/PA)

Whisper it quietly. They missed a penalty ...

It's a remarkable statistic but Germany has not missed a penalty for 40 years at the Euros until Mesut Ozil's 14th-minute spot-kick was palmed away by goalkeeper Matus Kozacik.

How do you explain a German missing a penalty? Twitter gave it a shot - no surprise there - and came up with this ...

A lot of people wondered why Ozil was even taking the penalty at all with some of the players around him.

The thing is though, it didn't matter. Germany could even afford to miss a penalty and they were still never troubled.

And let's not forget England couldn't break down Slovakia only a couple of days ago.

Hard to disagree.