Date: June 16, 2016
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
A match which never really got going and seemed destined to remain goalless from the moment that misfiring Polish striker, Arkadiusz Milik, contrived to miss the game’s only decent chance shortly after the interval. The Ajax forward came into the tournament with a burgeoning reputation and reportedly attracting the attention of several Premier League clubs, but thus far all he has to show any potential suitors is a rapidly expanding compilation of greatest misses.
To say defences were on top would be an understatement in what was a disappointing contest. After winning their opening games Germany and Poland will have been happy to have avoided defeat today, and both teams played as if that thought was at the forefront of their minds.
Arkadiusz Milik has been unable to bring his form from the qualifying stages into the tournament. Against Germany, he missed the best chance of the game when he failed to make contact with a perfectly weighted Kamil Grosicki cross. As the game wore on he cut an increasingly forlorn figure – his plight not helped by the harranguing he received from a visibly frustrated Poland captain Robert Lewandowski.
Man of the match:
Germany defender Jerome Boateng put in a flawless performance which included one fantastic block to deny his Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski.
Matter of fact:
The 18th match of Euro 2016 produced its first goalless draw.
Germany extended their unbeaten run against Poland in major tournament finals to 5 matches.
How do we solve a problem like Mario? Joachim Low persisted with his experiment of playing Mario Gotze as a lone frontman, but again the Bayern Munich player looked lost in this, new unaccustomed role. Two years on from the retirement of all-time leading goalscorer Miroslav Klose and Germany are still trying to fill the huge void.
Attempts on target
01 Manuel Neuer (G)(C)
03 Jonas Hector
04 Benedikt Höwedes
05 Mats Hummels
06 Sami Khedira
08 Mesut Özil
11 Julian Draxler (23 Mario Gomez 71′)
13 Thomas Müller
17 Jerome Boateng
18 Toni Kroos
19 Mario Götze (9 Andre Schurrle 66′)
Starting formation: 4-2-3-1
Neuer – Hector, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes – Khedira, Kroos – Özil, Khedira, Müller – Götze
01 Łukasz Fabiański (G)
02 Michał Pazdan
03 Artur Jędrzejczyk
05 Krzysztof Mączyński (6 Tomasz Jodlowiec 75′)
07 Arkadiusz Milik
09 Robert Lewandowski (C)
10 Grzegorz Krychowiak
11 Kamil Grosicki (17 Slawomir Peszko 87′)
15 Kamil Glik
16 Jakub Błaszczykowski (21 Bartosz Kapustka 79′)
20 Łukasz Piszczek
Starting formation: 4-4-2
Fabiański – Pazdan, Jędrzejczyk, Piszczek, Glik – Mączyński, Mączyński, Grosicki, Błaszczykowski – Milik, Lewandowski
Germany: Kedira 3, Ozil 34, Boateng 66
Poland: Mączyński 45, Grosicki 55, Peszko 90+2
Referee: B Kuipers (Ned)