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EURO2016: No goals between the Germans and the Poles

In a showdown between Group C big guns Germany and Poland, both sides would draw blanks as they played out a goalless draw in Paris.

From the first whistle it was clear Germany were going to dominate possession with Poland forced to utilise counter-attacks. Something that transpired early with Sami Khedira was shown a yellow card on three minutes for unlawfully spoiling a Polish attack.

Minutes later Mario Gotze headed high for Germany as they went on the front foot.

That's how it remained with Robert Lewandowski countering dangerously for Poland after 15 minutes as Germany plugged away in attack to no great effect.

Poland were in fact looking the more dangerous of the two in attack with Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik both having shots at goal blocked either side of 21 minutes.

In what was a tight tussle in the opening half, Mesut Ozil was handed a yellow card on 34 minutes as Germany were again forced to regroup after a Polish counter.

Thomas Muller hit the post for Germany after 38 minutes though his shot meant little as he was called back for offside.

On 42 minutes, Milik was found well in attack and would have raced clear on goal had the offside flag not been raised.

Krzysztof Maczynski was handed Poland's first yellow card just before halftime as both sides went into the break goalless.

It was a frantic start to the second half with Milik unable to head home a brilliant Poland move from right in front within the first minute before Gotze fired straight at Lukas Fabianski up the other end, the Swansea City keeper doing enough to nullify the danger.

Milik almost made amends for his earlier miss when he curled a free-kick move just wide of the left post after 58 minutes. Lewandowski was only denied a shot at goal by some great desperation defending from Jerome Boateng.

Germany then went straight up the other end, winning themselves a corner that was headed over the crossbar with the game really opening up in the second 45 minutes.

Toni Kroos shot narrowly high and wide on 65 minutes as he tried to make the most of Germany's domination of possession.

Milik was again unable to convert a golden chance for Poland in the 68th minute as he skewed a shot from inside the box. Germany almost making him and Poland pay straight away as Ozil forced Fabianski into an outstretched save following a quick counter.

In the final 20 minutes, it was Germany looking the more likely of the two to find a winner as Poland tired. Benedikt Howedes fond himself in the Polish box on 85 minutes only to be cut down sharply by a Polish defender as they refused to be beaten.

It was a game won, or rather drawn, in defence with neither side able to find an opening to goal late on.

Both sides now sit on four points after two games played and in the box seat to progress, however Northern Ireland are knocking on the door following their 2-0 win over Ukraine.


EURO2016 - Group C

Germany: 0
Poland: 0
Stade de France, Paris - 73,648

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