Germany ousted Greece from the European Championship on Friday, denying an uplifting ending to an emotional week of football and politics for the Greeks.

In their Euro 2012 quarterfinals match, as in the crisis-hit eurozone economy, German influence proved tough for Greece to overcome and the match ended 4-2.

Defeat was a little harder for Greek fans to swallow in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, their perceived nemesis on the political field.

Merkel was met with a chorus of theatrical whistles and jeers by Greece fans each time her image appeared on Arena Gdansk stadium's four giant screens.