EURO 2016, Group C: Germany vs Ukraine – Preview
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Date: Sunday, June 12
World champions Germany open their Euro 2016 campaign with a Group C battle against Ukraine. Despite problems, the Germans are firm favorites to win this duel in Lille.
Ukraine have no injury concerns, while Joachim Low will be hoping star defender Mats Hummels is fit to play his team’s opener.
The Germans are renowned for their big-tournament performances. This time however they enter the Euros in questionable form.
Mykhailo Fomenko’s men are tricky customers and will fully believe they can beat the Germans who lost twice in the qualifying stages.
Ranked 19th in the world, Ukraine are solid at the back but could struggle in the goal-scoring department.
Ukraine have never beaten Germany, with three draws and two defeats in their last five meetings. Interestingly, Ukraine have never lost to Germany at a neutral venue.
While Germany have too much in the tank for their opponents, other teams will be closely watching how Die Mannschaft open their bid to win the Euro 2016
Possible starting XIs
Ukraine: Pyatov; Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Garmash; Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka; Zozulya.
Germany: Neuer; Höwedes, Mustafi, Boateng, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Gomez.
Germany 2-1 Ukraine