LILLE, France -- Julian Draxler isn't sure whether his performance against Slovakia was his best yet for Germany, but said he was happy to help his team win.
Draxler proved a constant menace as Germany overwhelmed Slovakia 3-0 in a round of 16 European Championship match in the northern French city of Lille, and he capped the display with a goal just after the hour mark.
By then, the 22-year-old left winger had long put his stamp on Germany's victory and he was deservedly named man of the match.
Germany manager Joachim Low demanded improvement from his team after a convincing 3-0 against Slovakia in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.
Mario Gomez, Julian Draxler and Jerome Boateng all scored for Germany as the Group C winners advanced to the quarterfinals, setting up a match against the winner of Monday's Spain-Italy match.
But Low maintained that to have a chance to follow up their 2014 World Cup win with a European Championship, the team must tighten up in defence and not be wasteful with...
LILLE, France -- Sometimes, it's about being able to fix things on the fly.
Germany manager Joachim Low went into the 2014 World Cup with a back four of Benedikt Howedes, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, with Phillip Lahm in a deep, playmaker role.
After the grueling win over Algeria in the round of 16, Low shuffled his deck. He moved Lahm to right-back, replaced Mertesacker with Boateng and rather than alternating Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira in midfield, he played both...