Germany-Ukraine 2:0 Highlights- Die Mannschaft open Euro 2016 campaign with win


Played on 12.6.2016 in Euro 2016 (Group C) at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d’Ascq

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the latter just minutes after he had come onto the pitch, give Germany a winning start to their Euro 2016 campaign

Long highlights from Germany v Ukraine, courtesy

Sequence of goals in Germany vs Ukraine 2-0

Germany-Ukraine 1:0 Mustafi 19
Germany-Ukraine 2:0 Schweinsteiger 90+2

The withdrawal of Roma centre half Antonio Rudiger and the injury-enforced absence of Mats Hummels meant that German coach Jogi Low had to choose between Benedikt Howedes and Shkodran Mustafi to partner Jerome Boateng in the heart of defence, and he went with the latter, with Howedes deployed at right back and Jonas Hector on the left.

Prior to the game, tipsters had predicted that Ukraine could run Germany close, and they were proved right, with Mykhailo Fomenko’s side troubling Die Mannschaft a fair bit. They frequently tested Manuel Neuer, and Bayern Munich defender Boateng even had to produce a fantastic goal-line clearance to prevent them from scoring.

The Germans gave a decent account of themselves too and took the lead through Mustafi (the latter’s first ever international goal) on 19 minutes. Real Madrid medio Toni Kroos however said after the game that “they were not at the level they wanted to achieve, but it was a nice beginning”.

Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov kept his side in the game with some fine saves (around half a dozen of them), and was easily the standout performer from his squad. Germany only sealed the game deep into second half stoppage time, with Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger finishing off a neat counter attacking move.

Ukraine would not have been too disappointed regarding the result, but they would’ve definitely preferred not to concede the late goal. Their upcoming games against Poland and Northern Ireland (especially the former) will decide who makes it out of this group along with the Germans.

Germany starting XI v Ukraine: Neuer, Hector, Mustafi, Boateng, Howedes, Kroos, Khedira, Ozil, Draxler, Muller, Gotze

Ukraine starting XI v Germany: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Shevchuk, Khacheridi,Rakitskiy, Sydorchuk, Stepanenko, Yarmo, Kova, Konoplyanka, Zozulya

Attendance for Germany v Ukraine at Euro 2016 was 43.035 with Martin Atkinson (England) as referee

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