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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 05:57 PM

2. Germany rubs salt in Greek wounds with soccer defeat

 

http://news.yahoo.com/germany-rubs-salt-greek-wounds-soccer-defeat-222732512--sow.html

Germany humiliated Greece in the Euro 2012 soccer tournament on Friday, rubbing salt in the wounds of a nation reeling from a dire economic crisis which many blame on Berlin. Greeks were aching for at least a measure of revenge against their euro zone tormentor in the needle match of the tournament's quarter-finals, but it ended as yet another dashed dream with Germany rolling over their underdog rivals 4-2.

The euro zone paymaster gave what many Germans see as a profligate and lazy state yet another lesson, this time on the pitch - perhaps revenge for political headache after headache in a regional debt crisis unleashed by Athens in 2009 that now threatens the survival of the entire common European currency.

In restaurants and bars in Athens, a brief moment of hope when their team equalized with a stunning breakaway goal early in the second half caused ecstatic celebrations and the shouting of insults against Germany, which is widely blamed for the painful conditions of an international bailout.

"That's how they screw you, those who owe you ... shove your loan," the fans chanted.


But they were soon stunned into silence as Germany ran riot with three more goals to establish total domination despite a successful late Greek penalty at the match in the Polish coastal city of Gdansk...Christos Zois, spokesman for the anti-German Independent Greeks party, said on Twitter: "For a few minutes, we dreamed we could renegotiate the bailout. But then we got it rammed down our throat."

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