Poland held world champions Germany to a 0-0 draw in their Euro 2016 game played yesterday.
Germany controlled the first half but they created little. Their only other clear chance fell to Kroos in the 17th minute and, sliding to meet Müller’s cross, he diverted wide. Müller had created the chance when he chased down and robbed Lukasz Piszczek as the Poland full-back attempted to shepherd the ball over the line for a throw-in. Jonas Hector also blasted in a shot that Sami Khedira almost got a touch on.Poland offered nothing as an attacking force in the first half.
Löw made his changes, hooking Götze, who had shot straight at Lukasz Fabianski in the 47th minute, and ending up with Gómez on as the more orthodox No9. Germany’s final chance of a limited crop came when Andre Schürrle, another substitute, crossed for Mesut Özil but he was denied by a smart tip-over by the Polish keeper.
Northern Ireland defeated Ukraine to record their first win in the tournaments history. Gareth McAuley got the first goal as Ukraine were starting to get a grip when he rose to meet Oliver Norwood’s deep, long free-kick. The ball slashed into the top corner of the net and the West Brom defender ran with his arms outstretched before throwing himself on to the soft, wet earth.
Ukraine pressed hard and there was a second goal but it came from Northern Ireland. Josh Magennis drove down the right and cut the ball back for Stuart Dallas, whose shot was parried by Andriy Pyatov. The ball fell beautifully for Niall McGinn who smashed the ball gleefully home and reflected afterwards that “this will probably be the best moment of my life”.