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Gomez guarantees top spot for Germany

Published: Tuesday 21 June 2016, 19.08CET
Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany
Mario Gomez's strike was enough to take a profligate Germany through top, though Northern Ireland will join them in the last 16.
by Andy James at Parc des Princes

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Northern IrelandGermany

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)29
 
71
Total attempts2
 
26
on target1
 
9
off target0
12
blocked1
 
5
against woodwork0
2
Corners3
 
6
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
9

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/06/2017 10:40 CET
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Published: Tuesday 21 June 2016, 19.08CET

Gomez guarantees top spot for Germany

Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany
Mario Gomez's strike was enough to take a profligate Germany through top, though Northern Ireland will join them in the last 16.

  • Mario Gomez takes one of a hatful of Germany chances to break the deadlock
  • Dominance continues in the second half but no further scoring
  • Germany to face third-placed team in Group A/B/F in Lille on Sunday
  • Northern Ireland's last-16 spot confirmed later in evening as one of best third-placed sides
  • All the stats, analysis and reaction from Parc des Princes

Germany progressed to the last 16 of UEFA EURO 2016 with a narrow but deserved victory against Northern Ireland, who did not have to wait long to find out that they are through as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Making his first start of the tournament in attack, Mario Gomez found the target with almost half an hour gone, though subsequent German celebrations were tinged with relief after a plethora of chances had gone begging beforehand.

Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil and Mario Götze all missed glaring opportunities – Müller hitting the post and bar – though credit must go to Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern for his part in denying them.

In truth the scoreline could and should have been a lot more discernible with the Northern Irish offering next to nothing in attack. Germany threatened twice early in the second half but Götze again could not convert and was hauled off soon after.

Hummels not completely satisfied

Victory was never really in danger, though, and Joachim Löw's wish to play the next round in Lille was granted. Results later on Tuesday meant Northern Ireland got their wish, too.

Man of the match: Mesut Özil (Germany)
The Arsenal playmaker created six chances for his team-mates, delivered seven crosses and produced three dribbles. He completed 67 of his 68 passes with a staggering 46 of them coming in the final third. 

Finishing still a problem
Gomez's opener was well deserved but that solitary goal far from told the first-half story. Germany could easily have been four or five-nil up with Müller, Özil, Götze and Gomez himself all squandering gilt-edged opportunities. A one-in-five conversion rate may be enough against a Northern Irish side they completely dominated but you wonder how they will fare against the bigger sides in the knockout rounds, when chances will be fewer and further between.

Müller still goalless at EURO
Quite how Germany failed to add to their 1-0 advantage is a mystery but perhaps even more so is the ongoing riddle of Müller failing to score at a UEFA European Championship. The Bayern forward has ten goals at FIFA World Cups and hit both the post and bar, the first with an outstanding diving header, against Northern Ireland. Surely it's only a matter of time before he breaks his EURO duck.

McGovern: My 'best' performance ever

Team reporters' views from Parc des Princes

Graham Little, Northern Ireland (@UEFAcomGrahamL)
Having watched Slovakia secure a miraculous point against England the night before, Northern Ireland felt they had a chance of surviving the predicted German onslaught and progressing to the next round with a similar show. And when the German superstars continually spurned chance after chance, their fans again dared to dream. In reality, and despite a miraculous performance from Michael McGovern, anything other than a German lead at half-time would've been daylight robbery. Northern Ireland were simply outclassed. But they won't care.

Steffen Potter, Germany (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
Germany won the group and thereby fulfilled Löw's expectations ("We only know the route to Lille"). He will be pleased by the amount of chances created, something where the World Cup holders had been lacking in this tournament. At the same time, he will be a bit worried by how easily those chances were squandered. Given the vast superiority and how little Northern Ireland were able to trouble the German defence, it is hard to say just how good Germany are right now. The round of 16 match will provide more answers.

Last updated: 13/10/16 11.49CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Germany

Germany

1
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK) (C)
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
3
HectorJonas Hector
5
J. EvansJonny Evans
5
HummelsMats Hummels
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution69
11
WashingtonConor Washington
Substitution59
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution84
13
MüllerThomas Müller
14
DallasStuart Dallas
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Substitution76
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
18
KroosToni Kroos
18
HughesAaron Hughes
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution55
19
WardJamie Ward
Substitution70
21
KimmichJoshua Kimmich
20
CathcartCraig Cathcart
23
GomezMario Gomez
Goal30

Substitutes

12
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
12
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
23
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
22
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
2
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
3
FergusonShane Ferguson
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Substitution76
6
BairdChris Baird
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution69
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution84
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution55
9
GriggWill Grigg
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution59
11
DraxlerJulian Draxler
15
McCulloughLuke McCullough
14
CanEmre Can
17
McNairPaddy McNair
15
WeiglJulian Weigl
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
Substitution70
16
TahJonathan Tah
22
HodsonLee Hodson
20
SanéLeroy Sané

Coach

Michael O'Neill (NIR) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Fourth official

Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Benoît Bastien (FRA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution