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Boateng strike has Germany in control, but Özil misses chance to double lead over Slovakia

The show goes on without Ireland.

Image: Mike Egerton

GERMANY ARE CRUISING into the quarter-finals after an accomplished first-half against Slovakia.

Jerome Boateng blasted an eighth minute strike low and hard from the edge of the area following a corner. On first viewing, it looked like a crisp strike from the centre half, but replays show a slight deflection that took it out of the goalkeeper’s reach.

What was well within Matúš Kozáčik’s range though, was Mesut Özil’s 14th minute penalty – awarded after Martin Skrtel pushed Mario Gomez in the back.

Mario Gomez did poke in a second German goal two minutes before the break, well-placed to take advantage after a an excellent Julian Draxler dribble.

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Ireland go home with their heads held high and talking points from the defeat to France

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