The official website for European football

Götze takes Germany top as Poles suffer first loss

Published: Friday 4 September 2015, 22.37CET
Germany 3-1 Poland
Poland pushed Germany hard but Mario Götze's late clincher confirmed the hosts as the new Group D leaders, with the Poles two points back in second.

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...

Match statistics

GermanyPoland

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)66
 
34
Total attempts22
 
16
on target9
 
9
off target8
 
3
blocked5
 
4
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Fouls suffered10
 
9

Standings

SSI Err
 
Published: Friday 4 September 2015, 22.37CET

Götze takes Germany top as Poles suffer first loss

Germany 3-1 Poland
Poland pushed Germany hard but Mario Götze's late clincher confirmed the hosts as the new Group D leaders, with the Poles two points back in second.

  • Joachim Löw's men go top of Group A, with Poland two points back in second
  • Two goals in eight minutes from Thomas Müller and Mario Götze make difference
  • Robert Lewandowski replies eight minutes before interval
  • Götze clinches victory from close range late on
  • Next games: Scotland  v Germany, Poland v Gibraltar (7 September)

Germany inflicted Poland's first defeat of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying as the lead changed hands in Group D, early strikes from Thomas Müller and Mario Götze giving them the decisive advantage in this top-of-the-table contest in Frankfurt.

Joachim Löw's world champions made the group pacesetters pay for their slow start and within 12 minutes were on their way to avenging last October's 2-0 loss in Warsaw and leapfrogging Adam Nawalka's team as leaders. Robert Lewandowski's fine 37th-minute goal better typified the overall Polish display but despite chances of an equaliser Götze sealed the result eight minutes from time.

The early breakthrough followed a sequence of crossfield passes as Jonas Hector, overlapping down Germany's left, played a one-two with Karim Bellarabi and centred to Müller for a tap-in. Poland's three-game unbeaten run against their neighbours was in critical danger come the 19th minute.

Götze cut into the area from the left and let fly a shot that beat Łukasz Fabiański at his right-hand post. Fabiański did deny Müller a potential third and moments later the Poles were back in it with a fine breakaway strike. Captain Lewandowski applied the bullet-header finish that Grosicki's left-wing cross with the outside of the boot deserved.

©AFP/Getty Images

Germany's Mario Götze celebrates one of his two goals

On the cusp of half-time Poland, hitherto unbeaten, almost restored parity but Neuer tipped over Lewandowski's blistering effort and Götze cleared the No9's header off the line. Götze was the next to be unlucky, however, clipping the post when clear near the hour-mark.

Grzegorz Krychowiak also intervened crucially with blocks from Bellarabi and İlkay Gündoğan. A reminder of the Polish threat came with Neuer's stop from Krzysztof Mączyński's thumping drive.

Grosicki also tested the keeper from a Poland counterattack although Fabiański was back in action to repel Müller and then Mats Hummels, while Kamil Glik threw himself in the way of Götze's strike. There would be no reprieve in the 82nd minute, though, Götze prodding in Germany's third following Fabiański's save from Müller.

Last updated: 08/06/16 19.09CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013980/postmatch/report/index.html#germany

Lineups

Germany

Germany

Poland

Poland

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
22
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
3
HectorJonas Hector
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
5
HummelsMats Hummels
5
MączyńskiKrzysztof Mączyński
Substitution63
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger (C)
Yellow Card79
6
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
7
MilikArkadiusz Milik
13
MüllerThomas Müller
Goal12
8
KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
14
CanEmre Can
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski (C)
Goal37
16
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution53
11
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Yellow Card67
Substitution83
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
13
RybusMaciej Rybus
Yellow Card8
18
KroosToni Kroos
Yellow Card61
15
GlikKamil Glik
19
GötzeMario Götze
Goal19
Goal82
Substitution90+1
20
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution43

Substitutes

12
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
12
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
2
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
4
RudySebastian Rudy
2
CionekThiago Cionek
6
GinterMatthias Ginter
3
JędrzejczykArtur Jędrzejczyk
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
10
LinettyKarol Linetty
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution90+1
14
OlkowskiPaweł Olkowski
Substitution43
15
VollandKevin Volland
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution63
20
KramerChristoph Kramer
17
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution83
21
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
Substitution53
18
MilaSebastian Mila
22
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
19
ZielińskiPiotr Zieliński
23
KruseMax Kruse
21
WilczekKamil Wilczek
23
BorysiukAriel Borysiuk

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Adam Nawalka (POL)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution