Germany vs Poland: The first 0-0 of the tournament
Germany vs Poland was a balanced game with few chances and ended with zero goals scored for the first time in a competition full of great matches, great performers and with the stadiums almost full booked.
Germany’s defender Mats Hummels (L) tries to deflect the ball from the goal during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 16, 2016. (Photo credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
It took some time but here it is the first match without goals in Euro 2016. On Thursday, Germany faced Poland in a match opening the second round of the competition group stage. In a balanced duel with a lot of marking and with few chances, both teams did not take much risks.
Now the two teams share the group lead with four points, followed closely by Northern Ireland with three. The fourth place is occupied by Ukraine which still did not score.
Germany started well the first half, playing the ball in the attacking field and dominating possession. After 4 minutes, Gotze received the ball and tried to score but the shot went over Fabianski’s goal. At 16 minutes, Muller made a good play down the left, crossed dangerous low but Draxler couldn’t finish the play in style and sent the ball out.
Poland kept its defense well organized, balanced the game and neither Poland or Germany gave work to the opponent goalkeeper until half time. Poland was growing along the stage and balancing the actions of the game.
On the second half, both teams created good chances in the first minutes. Before the first minute, Grosicki received in the right, crossed in the middle of the small area and Milik threw himself but he could not get full on the ball, losing the best chance of Poland in the game. The best German chance was with Gotze, received the ball in the area, tried the shot but Fabianski made the save.
The minutes passed and the two teams could do little. In the end, the current world champions tried to pressure, but the Polish team held as they could to ensure a major draw.
In the last round of the group stage, Germany faces Northern Ireland, on Tuesday. At the same time, Ukraine plays against Poland.
General overview: despite this median football presented today, both Germany and Poland will do their homework and go to the last sixteen. Depending on their opponents, they can reach the quarterfinals, but need to improve a lot if they have greater pretensions.