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OzilGermany and Poland moved a step closer to qualification for the Euro 2016 knockout stages with a point apiece after they played out a goalless draw on Thursday in a Group C match at Stade de France in Paris.

Arkadiusz Milik missed two good chances for the Poles, who are locked with the Germans on four points heading into the final game. Both countries are guaranteed to qualify for the knockout stages if they avoid defeat next week.

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Germany football team coach Joachim Loew has already set his sights on their next Euro Cup Group C encounter against Poland, saying it will be hard work going past them. On Sunday night the Germans posted a 2-0 victory over Ukraine and they now face Poland on June 17.

Poland triumphed against Northern Ireland, winning the game 1-0 courtesy of an Arkadiusz Milik strike.

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Goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger helped World Champions Germany to a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Group C opener at Euro 2016 in their bid for a record fourth European crown.

It was the sixth meeting between the two sides with Ukraine never having beaten Germany. However, the Germans struggled to carve open a disciplined Ukrainian defence, who were not overawed by the occasion or at the prospect of facing the world champions.

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India started their Champions Trophy hockey campaign with a nail-biting 3-3 draw against defending champions Germany here on Friday.

In what turned out to be a brilliant comeback from the Olympic gold medalists, Germany came from two goals down to play out a draw as India squandered a great start to lose the momentum in the final three minutes.

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German midfielder Joshua Kimmich returned to training with the national football team on Thursday after being pulled from practice a day earlier by coach Joachim Low as a precautionary measure.

Kimmich had a mild cold and Low did not want to include him in Wednesday's training session to avoid creating problems for the team, which is still dealing with the injury sustained by Mats Hummels.

During the past season, Pep Guardiola depended on Kimmich at Bayern Munich in both midfield and defence, and Loew can use him at the back in case Shkodran Mustafi, Benedikt Howedes or Jerome Boateng suffer an injury.

Germany will open its Euro 2016 campaign on Sunday against Ukraine. The World Cup winners are in Group C alongside Poland and Northern Ireland.


The new documentary of Germany’s ARD TV channel has no new accusations against Russia’s anti-doping bodies and the sports ministry, and is a "blank shot," the president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation(ARAF) said on Thursday.

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India will look to make the most of the Hockey Champions Trophy, the final major tournament before the Rio Olympics, when they kick off their campaign in the six-nation tournament against reigning champions Germany here on Friday.

Of the six teams competing in London, five will be in action in the Rio Games, to be held between August 5-21, and the players will get a great opportunity to present their case of being in the 16-member squad for the quadrennial extravaganza.

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