Germany 2-0 Ukraine World champions Germany opened their Euro 2016 campaign with an assured...
Germany 2-0 Ukraine
World champions Germany opened their Euro 2016 campaign with an assured 2-0 win over Group C rivals Ukraine on Sunday night.
Poland saw off Northern Ireland 1-0 in the group’s opening game – but Germany put their own marker down with a professional display of their own.
Toni Kroos ran the show for the Germans, and created the opening goal on 19 minutes, when Shkodran Mustafi powered home a bullet header from the midfielder’s sublime free-kick into the box.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made a string of superb saves over the 90 minutes – but Germany put the icing on the cake in stoppage time, when Mesut Ozil crossed for sub Bastian Schweinsteiger to half-volley home at the far post.
Poland 1-0 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s first appearance at a major finals since 1986 ended in defeat as Arkadiusz Milik gave Poland a 1-0 win in their Euro 2016 Group C encounter in Nice.
The Ajax striker’s goal early in the second period – exactly 30 years to the day since their last appearance in a major tournament – inflicted a first defeat in 13 on Michael O’Neill’s side, who were the first to represent their country at a tournament since the class of the 1986 World Cup.
O’Neill’s side were stubborn, resilient and well-organised on the French coast and while they shackled Robert Lewandowski, strike partner Milik’s lethal finish just after the interval proved their undoing ahead of fixtures with Ukraine and Germany.