Euro 2016: Germany, Poland register wins in final group game

Germany and Poland pick up 1-0 win in final Group C games to progress to last 16 of Euro 2016.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2016 4:24:21 pm
Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris to top Group C. (Source: Reuters)

Germany win 1-0 in Paris against Northern Ireland and that scoreline should have been much higher but for keeper McGovern. Over in Marseille, Ukraine finish tournament without a win after going down 0-1 to Poland. With the results, Germany top group on goal difference even though both Die Mannschaft and Poland pick 7 points in the group stages. (RESULTS | STANDINGS)

Scores and updates from Group C:

FULL TIME: Germany and Poland win 1-0 over Northern Ireland and Ukraine respectively. Germany top group on goal difference.

92′ Tymoshchuk (in) – Zozulya (out) (Ukraine).

84′ Ukraine have two efforts on goal in two minutes. First Rotan and then Yarmolenko

85′ McGinn (in) – C. Evans (out) (Northern Ireland).

82′ Gomez leaps highest and heads it towards goal but McGovern once again tips it wide

79′ Boateng getting treatment on the sidelines. Hopefully for Germany fans it is precautionary

76′ Höwedes (in) – Boateng (out) (Germany).

73′ Kovalenko (in) – Zinchenko (out) (Ukraine).

71′ Grosicki (in) – Kapustka (out) (Poland).

69′ CHANGES: Schweinsteiger (in) – Khedira (out) (Germany) and Magennis (in) – Ward (out) (Northern Ireland)

59′ K. Lafferty (in) – Washington (out) (Northern Ireland).

54′ Błaszczykowski scores for Poland. Milik with the assist. 1-0 to Poland! Błaszczykowski cuts inside to his left foot and curls it into the far corner to bring his side level with Germany on points. However they are second in the group on an inferior goal difference

51′ Goetze tests the keeper. Takes a long ball into his stride effortlessly but rams it straight at the keeper. Seconds later, he misses at the near post.

Second half underway. Błaszczykowski (in) – Zieliński (out) (Poland).

HALF TIME: It has been all Germany in the first half. As things stand, Germany finish top of Group C. 0-0 between Ukraine and Poland.

38′ Kucher (Ukraine) is cautioned by the referee.

34′ Mueller hits the crossbar! Ozil pulls it back and the striker’s effort comes off the woodwork!

30′ Finally Germany break the deadlock with Gomez assisted by Mueller. Gets some help with a deflection to make it 1-0

26′ Ward (NIR) steals the ball from the half way line, has a run and a crack at goal but not enough venom in it to bother Neuer.

25′ Rotan (Ukraine) is booked.

16′ He may have missed the cut at US Open past week but he’s cheering his team on against this strong Germany attack

12′ Chances piling up for Germany. First Ozil has a go and then Goetze and Kimmich

11′ A spectacular double-block by Poland’s Pazdan, first stopping Zozulya and then getting up quickly to deny Yarmolenko

8′ Mueller has a crack at goal after a neat interplay but his shot is hit straight at the keeper. Bright start!

1′ And we’re underway in Marseille and in Paris. Let’s have your score predictions in comments then!

# TEAMS THEN:

Ukraine

XI: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Kucher, Butko, Rotan, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Zinchenko, Zozulya.

Poland

XI: Fabiański, Cionek, Pazdan, Glik, Jędrzejczyk, Jodłowiec, Krychowiak, Kapustka, Zieliński, Milik, Lewandowski

Germany

XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Hector, Kroos, Khedira, Götze, Özil, Müller, Gomez

Northern Ireland

XI: McGovern, Hughes, McAuley, Cathcart, J. Evans, Davis, C. Evans, Norwood, Dallas, Ward, Washington

BUILD UP

Germany waiting for Thomas Mueller to rediscover goal-scoring form

In qualifying for Euro 2016, Mueller scored nine of Germany’s 24 goals. (Source: AP)

Thomas Mueller has yet to click at the European Championship and Germany looks far from convincing as it waits for the gangly forward to rediscover his form.

Germany need good start to kill off game vs Northern Ireland, says Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels stressed that Germany must score early to build pressure on Northern Ireland in their final group fixture. (Source: Reuters)

The Germans need a win to guarantee first place in the group, while Northern Ireland could go through to the last 16 even if they lose.

Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny ruled out of Ukraine game

In place of Wojciech Szczesny, Poland will have the services of Lukasz Fabianski in goal. (Source: Reuters)

Wojciech Szczesny damaged a thigh muscle in the opening match against Northern Ireland.

Ukraine coach blames ‘very hard situation’ at home for exit

Ukraine have suffered two losses in their first two Euro 2016 matches. (Source: Reuters)

Ukraine play their last Group C game on Tuesday against Poland, with nothing but pride to play for.

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