#Euro2016 Germany 0 vs 0 Poland: Both Teams Settle For A Goalless Draw

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Germany remained top of Group C on goal-difference despite a goalless draw with Poland. Arkadiusz Milik spurned a great chance to give Poland the lead inside the first minute of the second half. The World Champions had most of the ball but were unable to fashion any clear-cut chances. This result meant that pointless Ukraine became the first side to be eliminated from the tournament.

360nobs MATCH RATINGS

Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer 6; Hector 6, Boateng 8, Hummels 5 Höwedes 6; Khedira 5, Kroos 7; Draxler 5 (Gomez 71, 5), Ozil 6, Müller 6; Götze 5 (Schurrle 66, 6)

Subs: Mustafi, Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Leno, Can, Weigl, Tah, Sane, Kimmich, Ter Stegen

Booked: Khedira, Ozil, Boateng

Manager: Joachim Low 6

Poland (4-4-2): Fabianski 7; Piszczek 5, Glik 6.5, Pazdan 6, Jedrzejczyk 6; Krychowiak 7, Maczynski 6 (Jodlowiec 76); Błaszczykowski 6 (Kaputska 80), Grosicki 6 (Peszko 87); Milik 5, Lewandowski 7

Subs: Szczesny, Cionek, Linetty, Stepinski, Wawrzyniak, Salamon, Zielinski, Starzynski, Boruc

Booked: Maczynski, Grosicki, Peszko

Manager: Adam Nawalka 6.5

MOM: Boateng

Germany dominated possession throughout the match and had 15 attempts at goal but the best opportunities both fell to Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik in the second-half.

Germany manager Low tried three different strikers through the centre. First Mario Gotze, then Thomas Muller and finally Mario Gomez.

Germany have now failed to score for first time in 15 games in major finals, since losing 1-0 to Spain in 2010 World Cup.

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Germany opened well, with Gotze heading over and Jonas Hector driving wide.

Toni Kroos oozed class as ever in the middle of the pitch, passing long and short, and almost opened the scoring when he slid wide a cross by Muller, who had beaten Lukasz Piszczek.

Poland tried to resist the early barrage and slowly emerged from the depths of defence.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was mostly effective at the right side of the attack and breezed past Matt Hummels, who showed traces of rustiness early on . Jerome Boateng, outstanding alongside him, read the danger and moved across to cover his defensive partner.

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Grzegorz Krychowiak enjoyed more of the ball in midfield, but as Poland grew in confidence and took more risks, the Germans became dangerous. Gotze struck a post but an offside flag was up against Muller, who had nursed the ball into his path.

Kamil Grosicki’s cross from the right found Milik diving to head the ball. He looked certain to score but did not connect cleanly and only nudged the ball wide.

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Milik squandered his second glorious chance when he miskicked in front of goal. For the Ajax forward, it was one of those nights. At the other end, Fabianski turned over an effort by Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

Here’s how the group looks like after the stalemate

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