Germany vs. Ukraine – Euro 2016 Group C game as it happened

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World champions Germany begin their Euro 2016 Group C campaign with a comfortable victory over Ukraine in Lille.

GERMANY 2-0 UKRAINE

Germany XI: Neuer, Mustafi, Hector, Howedes, Khedira, Ozil, Draxler, Muller, Boateng, Kroos, Gotze.

Ukraine XI: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Shevchuk, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Sydorchuk, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka, Zozulya.

Mustafi and Schweinsteiger on target as Germany ease to opening win.#EURO2016#GERUKRpic.twitter.com/QATm9evQh6

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

FULL-TIME: GERMANY 2-0 UKRAINE

BASTIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!! #GER 2-0 #UKRpic.twitter.com/KJwmtVcnSM

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

90+2 MINS – GOAL: GERMANY 2-0 UKRAINE

Brilliant play by Ozil, who advances into space on the left and finds the perfect delivery for Schweinsteiger, lurking alone at the far post, to hammer home the clinching second. Germany begin their Euro 2016 campaign with three points!

90+2 MINS – Yarmolenko shoots. Deflected. Corner. Last chance for Ukraine… but it comes to nothing and Germany break…

90 MINS – There will be THREE MINUTES of added time.

89 MINS – Here comes Schweinsteiger. He gets a huge reception from the Germany supporters as he comes on for Gotze.

87 MINS – An error from Mustafi nearly lets Ukraine in! The Germany goalscorer loops a header over Neuer, who had come out of his goal — but he gets away with it as no Ukraine player can get there before it bounces wide of the target.

86 MINS – This game is meandering to a close. Germany deserve their lead; and this would be a more than acceptable start to the group stage for them. Bastian Schweinsteiger is getting ready to come on — and back on the field Ozil goes through but hits his effort too close to Pyatov.

84 MINS – Pyatov comes out of his goal as Schurrle races on to a pass towards him — and the Ukraine keeper wins the race to put the ball into touch.

Passes completed: #GER 540 #UKR 156

Distance covered #GER 96.4km #UKR 98.3km#EURO2016#GERUKRpic.twitter.com/2PwyDGYpgH

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

82 MINS – Ukraine have not been able to get the threat they can offer down the flanks going in this half as they did in flashes in the first. Schurrle almost seals the game, sending a scuffed bouncing effort past the far post from the edge of the area.

80 MINS – Final 10 minutes. Joachin Low, on the Germany bench, looks slightly anxious. He knows this one isn’t over yet. Just ask England after last night’s game against Russia…

78 MINS – Now a Germany change: Julian Draxler, who has had a very good game, comes off and is replaced by Andre Schurrle.

76 MINS – The clock is beginning to tick down for Ukraine. Germany have looked far likelier to get a second goal than the Ukrainians have to equalise. But there’s still time…

Still no way past Pyatov in this second half, as @MarioGoetze and then @esmuellert_ are kept out too! #GER 1-0 #UKRpic.twitter.com/9tJSfo3YC4

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

74 MINS – Gotze, the man who scored the 2014 World Cup-winning goal, gets into the area on the right abut sees his shot clip a defender’s heel before being gathered by Pyatov. Soon afterwards, Muller has a low drive from the edge of the area tipped away.

73 MINS – Another Ukraine change: Kovalenko off and Alexandar Zinchenko, a winger, joins the fray.

Germany have tightened things up in the second half. Can Ukraine find an equaliser in the last 20? #EURO2016#GERUKRpic.twitter.com/6VHo3yZOkE

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

70 MINS – Into the final 20 minutes. Can Ukraine find a response? Or will Germany, as looks increasingly likely, hold on to or extend their advantage?

68 MINS – Konoplyanka is booked for a foul as he prevents a Germany break. Then Howedes crosses and Draxler heads over the top for Germany.

66 MINS – Rakitskiy crosses. Too deep. A Ukraine change is coming — Zozulya, who hasn’t had much joy, is replaced by Yevhen Seleznyov.

64 MINS – The game has gone a bit sleepy. A second Germany goal finishes it, but Ukraine showed before the break that they can pose a threat of their own. They haven’t really done enough since it, though.

62 MINS – And yet more possession from Joachim Low’s men. Again, though, Ukraine stand firm.

60 MINS – Gotze tiptoes into space, plays the ball wide and Germany press again. They are having so much of the ball. Ozil attempts a cross, but that one is hacked clear. When it comes back, Khedira is denied again by Pyatov.

57 MINS – Rakitskiy tries his luck from a free-kick — it’s tipped away by Neuer without too much difficulty, though.

Mesut Özil’s passing accuracy so far: 94% �� #EURO2016#GERUKRpic.twitter.com/uGNijheJ3H

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

56 MINS – Ozil finds Kroos on the edge of the area. The effort deflects — and that takes it straight into the gloves of Pyatov.

54 MINS – Ukraine have yet to find the sort of threat that they carried at times in the first half. Muller tries to find Gotze down the left, but Fedetskiy is there to make the interception.

52 MINS – Pass, pass, pass. Germany work the ball to Kroos, on the edge of the area to the left, and he sends a fierce shot not too far over the top. Again, Ukraine failed to put enough pressure on their opponents as that move built up.

50 MINS – Ukraine hit a long ball forward — but it’s a harmless one. Germany, as in the first half, are the better passing side in the opening stages of the second.

First chance of the second half goes to #Draxler, but Pyatov gets two hands to his shot. #JederFuerJeden#GERUKR 1-0 pic.twitter.com/9sYm5tdHQc

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

48 MINS – A promising passing movement from Ukraine breaks down when the attemnpt to thread the ball out to the left is intercepted. Back come Germany and Ozil, on the left-hand side of the area, thinks about having a go at goal before then trying a pass that is cut out. As the ball comes back in, Draxler hits a low effort that Pyatov tips away.

46 MINS: SECOND HALF UNDER WAY — Ukraine get the action re-started. Let’s hope the second half is as entertaining as the first. No changes by either manager.

Mustafi’s header gives Germany the advantage after a pulsating 45 minutes of football in Lille �� #EURO2016#GERUKRpic.twitter.com/Py3eQegCEL

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

HALF-TIME: GERMANY 1-0 UKRAINE

45 MINS – Ukraine are finishing with a flourish here. Another raid down the left; another corner. Can they level right on half-time? No they can’t — Neuer comes to claim.

43 MINS – The closing moments of an open and enjoyable first half. Ukraine are still very much in this, and although Germany have had more possession their opponents have arguably created more real scares.

41 MINS – Muller can’t decide whether to head or volley a deep cross. In the end it comes off his head, and flies well wide of the goal.

39 MINS – Ukraine have a goal disallowed after another good cross from the left. Offside, and no controversy about that one.

How’s Boateng kept that out?? Wish I had the skill to do that!!! #GERUKR

– Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) 12 June 2016

37 MINS – OFF THE LINE BY GERMANY! Yarmolenko finds Konaplyanka, whose attempted cross hits Boateng — and he recovers to scoop the ball away from right on the line. So close to an equaliser — you couldn’t get any closer.

35 MINS – Germany largely comfortable in this first half. Ukraine will not be happy about how much space they are giving the Germany midfielders to find their passes, though.

33 MINS – Boateng feeds the ball out wide for Draxler. Ukraine clear, and Zozulya is unable to keep the ball in play as he tries to spark a counter-attack.

31 MINS – Shevchuk hits a powerful effort wide from the edge of the area, but within seconds Germany are at the other end of the pitch and win another corner.

CHANCE! It’s end-to-end stuff in Lille. Khedira is the next to go close, but his effort is parried to safety by Pyatov #EURO2016#GERUKR

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

29 MINS – And as Germany come back again, it could have been 2-0 — Khedira is in after another sublime pass by Kroos but smashes his effort too close to Pyatov, who saves.

28 MINS – Here comes Hector again on the left. Draxler takes over and tries to wriggle to the byline. He wins a corner, which is cleared.

26 MINS – GOOD SAVE! Khacheridi meets the flag-kick with a header and Neuer tips over the top for the second time in this match.

25 MINS – Ukraine win a free-kick on their left. Similar sort of angle to the delivery that brought the Germany goal. This is promising… and it wins them a corner.

23 MINS – Kroos, who has been outstanding, tries his luck with a bobbling shot from the edge of the area. It’s wide, but he is the man making everything tick. He is in stupendous form at the moment.

21 MINS – There’s a real slickness to some of the Germany passing now. Already a few signs of frustration from Ukraine players — one or two rash challenges as they try to get the ball back.

GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! @MustafiOfficial makes it #GER 1-0 #UKR! #EURO2016pic.twitter.com/PYEAXZhDSq

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

19 MINS – GOAL: GERMANY 1-0 UKRAINE

Kroos sends in a perfect free-kick and Mustafi leaps to power a header into the top corner. Germany lead, and they have been looking increasingly assured as the half has gone on.

18 MINS – Muller fouled on the right, although the defender looked to have got a touch to the ball there. promising free-kick for Germany. What can they conjure up from it?

17 MINS – Fedetskiy gets away from Draxler and gets a cross in. Neuer is there again.

15 MINS – Ozil is fouled on halfway and Germany work the ball out to the right before Ukraine step in to win possession back. It’s been a decent opening to this match.

13 MINS – Draxler crosses, Muller heads it back and there’s a mishit from the roaming Hector in the middle when Germany were really threatening there. Pyatov in the Ukraine goal comes to claim in the end.

Focused ��⚽ #JederFuerJeden#EURO2016#GERUKR 0-0 pic.twitter.com/6AZy3FQ4sG

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

10 MINS – Hector, a reported Liverpool target, gets forward from his left-back slot to cross. Ukraine deal with that one, too.

8 MINS – But that’s better — neat football down the right culminates in a cross that Ukraine deal with in the end.

7 MINS – Joachim Low chews his gum contemplatively as an aimless Germany pass forward bounces out for the goal-kick. He’s soon back on the touchline, gesticulating, instructing, not looking terribly pleased.

CHANCE! It’s Ukraine who have the first chance, with Konoplyanka’s stinging 20-yard drive forcing Neuer into a fine save! #EURO2016#GERUKR

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

5 MINS –GREAT SAVE! The ball is played back to Konoplyanka on the edge of the box and his first-time effort is tipped over the top by Neuer. The corner comes to nothing. What a start that almost was!

4 MINS – Gotze makes a run, has a shot blocked inside the area and Draxler volleys the rebound — but sends it wide.

2 MINS – The bulk of the action is being provided by the Ukraine fans, who are jumping up and down en masse. Germany ping a long ball forward towards Muller, but that was never going to give him much of a chance.

20.00 BST – AND AWAY WE GO! Germany get proceedings under way. Joachim Low, in grey T-shirt, stands on the touchline and issues instructions after a handful of seconds.

19.55 BST – And there go the anthems — Ukraine were first, Germany second. Now the handshakes. Then the football.

Has it really been four years, Andriy? Former #UKR captain Shevchenko is now the assistant manager #EURO2016#GERUKRpic.twitter.com/TDyHsMpg7M

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

19.55 BST – And here come the two teams, making their way out of the tunnel and into the din. It’s a grey, rainy evening, and it’s going to be a pretty zippy pitch. Here come the anthems…

19.52 BST – A little under 10 minutes remaining. The players are warming up. Toni Kroos indulges in a spot of juggling. His passing and vision will be key for Germany tonight.

The #GER fans are stadium bound too! Fantastic support for #DieMannschaft here in Lille �� #GERUKR#EURO2016pic.twitter.com/nNpkVncX2L

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

19.47 BST – Kick-off is fast approaching in Lille. Another big crowd, another big atmosphere.

Two down, one to go. And it’s a big one, as world champions Germany enter the #EURO2016 fray. Excited? #GERUKRpic.twitter.com/yvnz23VJ6J

– UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) 12 June 2016

19.40 BST – Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko has made his team tough to beat, and their calm and measured approach to playing the game — there is no panic with them — was shown by the way they negotiated a qualifying playoff to take their place in France with a 3-1 aggregate triumph over Slovenia.

#GERUKR �������� pic.twitter.com/dYZGe2oWJY

– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) 12 June 2016

19.35 BST – But never mind patchy form, and never mind injury problems — this is the World Cup winners we’re talking about. If ever a team knew how to rise to an occasion, it is them.

19.33 BST – Ukraine have the speed and directness to bring about a dose or two of the jitters in that defence — watch out for plenty of wing play, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka doubtless fancying their chances of causing a problem or two.

19.30 BST – And so tonight we get our first glimpse of Joachim Low’s Germany team, widely tipped as potential winners but having suffered up-and-down form of late. It seems odd to talk about a Germany side conceding avoidable goals, but they have been — they were beaten by both Poland and Republic of Ireland in qualifying, and looked very shaky in rainy conditions as Slovakia beat them 3-1 in a recent friendly.

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