Northern Ireland v Germany, 21 June 2016

Score1-0 to Germany
RefereeClément Turpin
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Group C
VenueParc des Princes, Paris
Attendance44,125
Kick-off: 6.00pm (5.00pm local). Assistant referees: Frédéric Cano (France) Nicolas Danos (France) Fourth official: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia) Additional assistant referees: Benoît Bastien (France) Fredy Fautrel (France) Reserve assistant referee: Robert Vukan (Slovenia) Man of the Match: Mesut Özil (Germany) Germany intended to win this tie by a large enough margin to win the group whilst, with Northern Ireland already guaranteed third place, every goal, for or against, could be vital in whether they qualified or not. Thomas Muller was put through on goal on seven minutes, but Michael McGovern saved well. Mesut Ozil had a great chance on 11 in the box, but fluffed his shot. A minute later, McGovern saved from Mario Gotze before, on 23 minutes, Muller fired wide again. Northern Ireland chances were few and far between but Jamie Ward had an effort from distance before a Muller header hit the post. On the half-hour mark, Ozil, Muller and Gomez combined well and Gomez finally put the ball into the back of the Northern Ireland net. Four minutes later Muller hit the woodwork again and Northern Ireland clearly have a struggle to minimise the damage to their goal difference. On 41 minutes, Gomez really should have scored another but scuffed his shot. McGovern made another great save from Gotze early in the second half, reinforcing a strong claim to man of the match. The German chances kept coming, less frequently than in the first half but into the last ten minutes McGovern made another fine save from a Gomez header. Northern Ireland had to wait and see if they went through to the knock-out stage. The narrow defeat duly proved to be significant. Germany won the group on goal difference.

0  Northern Ireland

Manager: Michael O'Neill

1  Germany

Manager: Joachim Löw

Goals:

Goals:

Mario Gómez 29 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Michael McGovern
Defender Craig Cathcart
Defender Jonny Evans
Defender Aaron Hughes
Defender Gareth McAuley
Defender/Midfielder Stuart Dallas
Defender/Midfielder Corry Evans
Midfielder Steven Davis (captain)
Midfielder Oliver Norwood
Midfielder/Forward Jamie Ward

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (captain)
Defender Jérôme Boateng
Defender Jonas Hector
Defender Mats Hummels
Defender/Midfielder Joshua Kimmich
Midfielder Sami Khedira
Midfielder Toni Kroos
Midfielder Mesut Özil
Midfielder/Forward Mario Götze
Midfielder/Forward Thomas Müller
Forward Mario Gómez

Substitutions:

Kyle Lafferty for Conor Washington 59
Josh Magennis for Jamie Ward 70
Niall McGinn for Corry Evans 84

Substitutions:

André Schürrle for Mario Götze 55
Bastian Schweinsteiger for Sami Khedira 69
Benedikt Höwedes for Jérôme Boateng 75

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Roy Carroll
Goalkeeper Alan Mannus
Defender Lee Hodson
Defender Luke McCullough
Defender Conor McLaughlin
Defender/Midfielder Chris Baird
Defender/Midfielder Shane Ferguson
Defender/Midfielder Niall McGinn
Defender/Midfielder Paddy McNair
Forward Will Grigg
Forward Kyle Lafferty
Forward Josh Magennis

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno
Defender Shkodran Mustafi
Defender Jonathan Tah
Defender/Midfielder Emre Can
Midfielder Julian Weigl
Midfielder/Forward Julian Draxler
Midfielder/Forward Leroy Sané
Forward Lukas Podolski