By Andy Hyslop
- Germany and Poland play out first goalless draw of Euro 2016
- Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger starts and remains on the bench
Germany and Poland played out the first goalless of Euro 2016 to leave both teams with four points after two games.
The result means that both countries will be in the last sixteen if they avoid defeat in their final group games on Tuesday. Germany face Northern Ireland and Poland will face Ukraine.
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger started the game on the bench and remained there for the whole match.
Both teams failed to really test either goalkeeper with only three shots on target throughout the entire match. Germany dominated possession but filed to make their dominance pay.
German Attack Lacking Something
Germany started the game with Mario Götze as a false nine. The Bayern Munich man scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final but often starts on the bench for Bayern.
Despite Germany winning their opening game, Götze put in a disappointing performance against Ukraine and their was speculation as to whether Mario Gomez may replace Götze for this game.
When Germany have been at their best, their attack has had a focal point and that is what they were missing in this game.
Gomez came into the game with 15 minutes to go but had little impact on the game. German manager Joachim Low will have to consider his attacking options if he is going to take his side to European glory.
How Things Stand
The result leaves Germany and Poland on four points in the group standings. Germany currently sit top of the group on goal difference.
After their two nil over Ukraine earlier, Northern Ireland sit third in the group on three points.
The final two group games on Tuesday, Germany will face Northern Ireland and Poland face Ukraine will Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland all looking to book their last sixteen spots.