Reigning World Cup champion Germany took a convincing step in pulling off the world-continental double with a thorough 3-0 win over Slovakia in the Euro 2016 round of 16 Sunday in Lille.
This was a rematch of a pre-tournament friendly, which Slovakia won 3-1, but Germany left no doubt that it'd be Die Mannschaft's day from the start, getting an early goal from Jerome Boateng and later strikes from Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler to ease to the next round. Its defense held strong, and Germany is the lone remaining squad alive in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal.
Boateng opened the scoring in the eighth minute. A poor clearance off a corner kick landed about 25 yards out, and the Bayern Munich center back, much like Luka Modric did for Croatia in its opening match against Turkey, hit a first-time volley that took a slight deflection and found the lower left corner for his first international goal.
Germany was denied its second six minutes later, when Gomez drew a penalty on Martin Skrtel. Mesut Ozil had his spot kick saved by Matus Kozacik, keeping it 1-0 for the time being.
That didn't last, though. Moments after Manuel Neuer was called into action for the first time to make a tough save, Gomez doubled Germany's lead. Draxler did the heavy lifting with a great dribble down the end line, and Gomez one-touched home for his second goal of the tournament.
Draxler capped his brilliant performance with a goal of his own, exhibiting top technique to volley from close range after a corner clearance popped to him on the doorstep in the 63rd minute.
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Germany moves on to play the winner of Monday's match between Spain and Italy.