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Euro 2016 Group C Round-up: Germany, Poland advance, Northern Ireland in with a chance

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mario_gomezGermany and Poland registered contrasting 1-0 wins against Northern Ireland and Ukraine respectively to finish on 7 points each in Group C of the European Championships with the Germans narrowly condemning the Poles to second place courtesy of a marginally better goal difference 3 to 2.

Perhaps more crucially was the fact that an inspired showing in goal by Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern limited Germany to just a solitary goal, leaving the minnows with a goal difference of 0 and 3 points to show for their efforts. That means that in the stakes for the four best third placed teams, Northern Ireland are currently 2nd out of 3 behind Slovakia and ahead of Albania.

Also that result means that Slovakia are better off than Northern Ireland and Albania, guaranteeing them a berth in the Last 16 as well!

The matches themselves were both electric affairs, with both sets of fans creating a very memorable atmosphere at their respective venues.

Roared on by their adoring fans, Northern Ireland survived wave after wave of German attacks until Mesut Ozil, Germany's creator in chief, finally threaded a pass to Gomez, who played Thomas Muller through on goal. Muller ran into a wall of green and unselfishly passed the ball back to Gomez, whose scuffed effort took a deflection off Gareth McAulley and hit the back of the net.

Muller was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself, hitting the base of the post with a header from a right wing cross, while also hitting the crossbar with another powerful effort. Gomez too on another day could have grabbed a hat-trick, denied on multiple occasions by McGovern.

Northern Ireland defended for their lives during the first half especially, and Germany's potency trailed off as the match wore on, replaced more with frustration at their inability to kill the game. They do however finish top of their group and will face one of the third placed teams from either Groups A, B or F on Sunday, 26th June.

Poland meanwhile had Jakub Blaszczykowski to thank as the wide man scored with a left-footed curler in the 54th minute to grab the win. The match was a lot closer than the German - Northern Ireland game with Ukraine signing off with memorable performance if not the right result. Ukraine dominated possession, having 66% of the ball and creating 19 goal scoring opportunities for themselves, but were unable to find a way past former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Poland themselves were guilty of missing a lot of chances too with Arkadiusz Milik and Robert Lewandowski equally guilty of spurning opportunities alike.

The win for the Poles sets them up for a Round of 16 showdown with Switzerland in St Etienne on Saturday.

Final Score:

Germany 1-0 Northern Ireland (Gomez 29')

Poland 1-0 Ukraine (Blaszczykowski 54')

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