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World champions Germany tie Poland 0-0 in EURO 2016 Group C match

Editor: zhangrui 丨Xinhua

06-17-2016 09:34 BJT

PARIS, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Germany encountered a goalless draw with Poland at the Stade de France here on Thursday in their second round of EURO 2016 Group C match.

Julian Draxler(R) of Germany competes during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland in Paris, France, June 16, 2016. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Julian Draxler(R) of Germany competes during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland in Paris, France, June 16, 2016. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Both sides failed to prematurely clinch a place in the knock-out rounds.

Germany were dominant in terms of 63 percent of possession but they didn't hit the target with any of their attempts.

For instance, a good chance for Arkadiusz Milik to score went begging in the 69th minute. The German forward miscued 15 yards out after he and captain Robert Lewandowski had led a flowing move to send Kamil Grosicki down the left.

Another wonderful opportunity for Germany to score came on 71 minute but substitute Andre Schurrle's effort to shoot under pressure at an acute angle was easily saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

"We didn't take the game to our opponents, we weren't dangerous enough and we have to improve that or we won't get far," said Germany's player Jerome Boateng. "We've now got to make sure we win the last group game so that we go through as group winners."

Germany have not lost in four encounters with Poland at major tournament finals, keeping clean sheet each time.

The draw was a fair result from a tightly competitive encounter.

"The players put a lot of heart into it. The only thing I'm not completely happy about is our failure to score but 0-0 was a fair scoreline," said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.

Poland will face Ukraine and may seal their place in the knock-out stages even with a draw.

Germany will take on Northern Ireland with a point behind.

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