Bastian Schweinsteiger scored a late clincher as World champions Germany, got off to a good start in their European campaign by beating Ukraine in a Group C encounter. The ‘German Machine’ has been serviced and polished again and they have continued their record of never losing an opening fixture in the European Championship.
Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi who was selected ahead of the more experienced Mats Hummels gave Joachim Low’s side a 19th-minute lead with a thunderous header from a free-kick. Despite the good start, Germany were at times troubled at the back as captain of the day Manuel Neuer made several good saves to thwart Ukraine’s efforts. Manchester United midfielder, who had not played since 20 March due to a knee injury, came off the bench in stoppage time and two minutes later scored a sweet half-volley from a swift counter attack.
In the other Group C game played yesterday, Poland began their campaign by beating Northern Ireland in Nice. Arkadiusz Milik scored the only goal of the tie.
In Group D, Luka Modric scored a sensational long-range volley as Croatia opened their Euro 2016 campaign with victory over Turkey in Paris.