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Germany and Poland draw to end Ukraine's campaign

Published: Thursday 16 June 2016, 22.00CET
Germany 0-0 Poland
Arkadiusz Milik missed the best two chances of a match that brought the first goalless draw of UEFA EURO 2016 and the end of Ukraine.
by John Atkin at Stade de France

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Match statistics

GermanyPoland

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)63
 
37
Total attempts15
 
7
on target3
 
0
off target9
 
3
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
13

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Thursday 16 June 2016, 22.00CET

Germany and Poland draw to end Ukraine's campaign

Germany 0-0 Poland
Arkadiusz Milik missed the best two chances of a match that brought the first goalless draw of UEFA EURO 2016 and the end of Ukraine.

  • Milik misses two fine chances in first goalless draw of UEFA EURO 2016
  • Germany have lost just one of their last 21 meetings with Poland
  • Draw means Ukraine are certain to finish bottom of Group C and are out
  • Final Group C games, 21 June: Ukraine v Poland, Northern Ireland v Germany
  • As it happened: all the build-up, match action and reaction


Germany and Poland will go into the final set of group matches locked together at the top of Group C after playing out the first goalless draw of UEFA EURO 2016.

For much of the evening all the key ingredients were there and, amid a frenetic atmosphere, it was simmering along nicely; that finishing touch was always just lacking. There was always a sense that there could be a goal at either end – even if both defences evidently didn't see it that way.

The best two chances fell to Poland and Arkadiusz Milik. The first came in the opening seconds of the second period when Kamil Grosicki span and delivered a wonderful cross but the Ajax man, slightly unsighted, could not get enough on his header.

Grosicki was again the provider midway through the half when he found Milik alone on the penalty spot but the No7 fluffed his lines once more. How strike partner Robert Lewandowski would have loved such an opening. Instead his "hunger for goals" (five Poland games now) was unsatisfied against the pace and physicality of Bayern team-mates Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels.

Germany's fluid five-man forward line did not enjoy any more luck at the other end: they rarely found a way past holding midfield Grzegorz Krychowiak, let alone the defence and goalkeeper. Łukasz Fabiański was called on to keep out second-half efforts from Mesut Özil and Mario Götze, but little besides.

Man of the match: Jérôme Boateng (Germany)
Helping to shackle Lewandowski, Boateng compiled a litany of defensive interventions comprising three interceptions, two tackles, two clearances, one block, one blocked cross and one aerial duel won as Germany posted a second successive clean sheet. "It's always hard to face 'Lewi' – he kept us busy, Milik too, but we coped," he said.

Hummels underlines his case
It was a difficult call from Joachim Löw to restore fit-again Hummels to the Germany side at the expense of Shkodran Mustafi, who scored and contributed to a clean sheet in the opening game. Hummels vindicated the decision in the aesthetic if formidable style he has made his own. Lewandowski will be glad they are on the same team at Bayern next season.

Poland's chief protector
Lewandowski's goals means he is a fixture on the back pages in Poland, but Krychowiak's contribution to the cause cannot be underestimated. Disciplined and determined, the No10 provides a steely shield in front of the back four and his distribution is uncomplicatedly effective. It is no coincidence Poland have lost only one of the last 19 matches he has started.

Second-game syndrome
Germany have a fine major tournament record under Löw, but for some reason they always struggle in their second outings – it is one win in five now. It is a strange phenomenon. Throughout the build-up to this fixture Löw emphasised the importance of having "small, nimble players up front" and while he put his money where his mouth is there was scant reward.

Experts' view

Steffen Potter, Germany (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
When we reporters spoke about this contest beforehand, we were sure there'd be goals. No one expected a goalless draw. It was your classical active versus reactive match, but it was the reactive Polish players who had the best opportunity. Both coaches will like the fact their teams did not concede, but Germany have to find better ways of opening up such deep-sitting defences. They will face a very similar task in their last group outing against Northern Ireland.

Piotr Koźmiński, Poland (@UEFAcomPiotrK)
A good performance to reassure Polish fans that this side really could be dark horses in France. They did not allow the world champions a shot on target until the 46th minute and underlined their growing strength – it is not all about Lewandowski's goals. A place in the last 16 is all but assured now, and Adam Nawałka's men look like they have an appetite for more.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.47CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000448/match=2017889/postmatch/report/index.html#germany+poland+draw

Lineups

Germany

Germany

Poland

Poland

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK) (C)
22
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
3
HectorJonas Hector
2
PazdanMichał Pazdan
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
3
JędrzejczykArtur Jędrzejczyk
5
HummelsMats Hummels
5
MączyńskiKrzysztof Mączyński
Yellow Card45
Substitution76
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Yellow Card3
7
MilikArkadiusz Milik
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
Yellow Card34
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski (C)
11
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution71
10
KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
13
MüllerThomas Müller
11
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Yellow Card55
Substitution87
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Yellow Card67
15
GlikKamil Glik
18
KroosToni Kroos
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution80
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution66
20
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek

Substitutes

12
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
22
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
12
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
2
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
4
CionekThiago Cionek
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
6
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
Substitution76
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution66
8
LinettyKarol Linetty
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
13
StępińskiMariusz Stępiński
14
CanEmre Can
14
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
15
WeiglJulian Weigl
17
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution87
Yellow Card90+3
16
TahJonathan Tah
18
SalamonBartosz Salamon
20
SanéLeroy Sané
19
ZielińskiPiotr Zieliński
21
KimmichJoshua Kimmich
21
KapustkaBartosz Kapustka
Substitution80
23
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution71
23
StarzyńskiFilip Starzyński

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Adam Nawalka (POL)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

Legend:

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