Summary

  • Germany finish top of Group C.
  • Beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to reach last 16.
  • Poland finish second and will face Switzerland in next round, Northern Ireland in third.

World champions Germany are into the last 16 of UEFA EURO 2016 after beating Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris on Tuesday to finish as Group C winners.

Relive the action as it happened...

LAST 16 ASSURED

So Germany and Poland have reached the last 16 of EURO 2016, with Germany set to play the third-placed team from Group A, B or F in Lille on Sunday (26 June) and Poland to take on Switzerland on Saturday (25 June) In St-Etienne. That means we can look forward to seeing a clutch of Bundesliga stars in action in the next round, including the likes of Lewandowski, Müller and, of course, Joshua Kimmich. Until next time then.

KIMMICH: 'THE TEAM HELPED ME A LOT'

And what about the man of the hour? What did Joshua Kimmich make of his major tournament debut? "We all played well in the first half, we created a lot of chances and we should have scored more goals," says the 21-year-old. "I'd been training at right-back in the last few days and the coach told me yesterday I'd be playing. I'm never alone on the pitch, everyone helps each other in the team." Humble words from a very talented player.

LÖW WANTS MORE

"I'm not happy really," says Germany coach Joachim Löw. "We played better [than against Poland], the tempo was quicker and we made better runs, but we had so many clear-cut chances in this game, especially in the first half. We needed to score earlier and make the game safe. We were still a tiny bit nervous at the end at 1-0 and that was unnecessary. [Jerome] Boateng felt a little tight in his calf at half time and it didn't improve, so he wanted to come off. I didn't want to risk him."

HUMMELS: 'WE IMPROVED AFTER POLAND'

Defender Mats Hummels accepted that Germany's profligacy was a concern, but was happy with the response they showed after the goalless draw with Poland on Matchday 2. "We could have problems against a team with a slightly better attack, but we created a lot of good chances and only gave them a few efforts from range. We definitely improved from the Poland game."

MÜLLER: 'ONLY THE GOALS WERE MISSING'

Here's what Thomas Müller made of the game: "We did what we'd done in training and what the fans wanted us to do: get in behind. Only the goals were missing. It was a crazy game. I had more chances in this one in the last two games." The wait for a first European Championship goal goes on for the Bayern man.

Thomas Müller was denied a 33rd international goal against Northern Ireland.

JOB DONE

Germany are into the next round - fist bumps all round.

FULL-TIME! GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Thomas Müller was desperately unlucky not to open his Euro account, but the Bayern forward got his assist, setting up Mario Gomez for the only goal of the game. Germany progress as Group C winners and will play the third-placed team from either Group A, B or F in the Round of 16.

87' HECTOR LETS FLY! GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Germany build patiently and win a corner. Half cleared to Hector, who balloons over from 18 yards.

82' MCGOVERN TO THE RESCUE! GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Superb play on the right-hand side from Kimmich. He cuts inside and hangs a ball up for Mario Gomez… Towering header… saved by McGovern! Heroic stuff once again for the Northern Ireland stopper.

80' - FIRST GEAR - GERMANY 1-0 N.IRELAND

Germany were scintillating in the first half, but the chances have dried up somewhat in the second. They could yet finish second in Group C, if Poland grab another couple of goals against Ukraine.

76 - SUBSTITUTION- GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

After Kimmich fires off target, Bayern's Jerome Boateng - who's on a yellow card at the tournament - makes way for Schalke counterpart Benedikt Höwedes.

73' TEASING CROSS! GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Inviting ball across goal from Köln's Jonas Hector, but it's got too much on it for Mario Gomez.

70' CHANCE! GERMANY 1-0 N.IRELAND

Another opportunity goes begging for Thomas Müller. It's just not his day...

69' SUBSTITUTION - GERMANY 1-0 N.IRELAND

Bastian Schweinsteiger replaces Sami Khedira for Germany, who have enjoyed a tournament-high 68 per cent possession at the Parc des Princes.

GOAL IN MARSEILLE! POLAND 1-0 UKRAINE

Borussia Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski puts Poland ahead at the Stade Velodrome. Germany still top of Group C, albeit on goal difference.

55' SUBSTITUTION - GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

That was Götze's last act. He's replaced by VfL Wolfsburg forward Andre Schürrle.

52' - GÖTZE! GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Two chances in quick succession for Mario Götze. McGovern is out in a flash to foil the first effort, and the Bayern man can only find the side netting moments later.

SECOND HALF - GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Under way again in Paris. Germany have won each of their last four matches against Northern Ireland...

AS IT STANDS...

... Germany will progress as Group C winners, with Poland - currently being held to a 0-0 draw by Ukraine - taking second spot ahead of Northern Ireland in third.

HALF-TIME! GERMANY 1-0 N. IRELAND

Germany lead thanks to Mario Gomez's first competitive goal for Germany since the Euro 2012 group stage. The scoreline doesn't even begin to tale the tale, though, with Thomas Müller twice denied by the woodwork and the world champions utterly dominant. More of the same, please!

40' GOLDEN CHANCE! GERMANY 1-0 N.IRELAND

Özil puts the ball on a plate for Gomez… first-time from the former Stuttgart and Bayern striker, but he scuffs the turf and it trickles tamely into the arms of McGovern.

34' - OFF THE BAR! GERMANY 1-0 N.IRELAND

Another flowing move. Götze in behind the defence… cuts back to Müller, who fires against the crossbar! Germany should be 4-0 up at least!

29' - GOAL! GERMANY 1-0 N.IRELAND

The world champions get the goal their dominance deserves. Lovely intricate stuff. Müller could probably score himself, but selflessly tees up Gomez to slam home from 12 yards.

26' - OFF THE POST! GERMANY 0-0 N.IRELAND

Brilliant ball into the six-yard box from Kimmich… Müller meets it with a diving header… off the post! It’s still shaking!

25' - ROUTINE FOR NEUER - GERMANY 0-0 N.IRELAND

Ward picks the pockets of Götze and chances his arm from range, but it’s meat and drink for Manuel Neuer.

23' - WIDE! GERMANY 0-0 N.IRELAND

Mario Gomez with a cute lay-off for Müller, who drives wide of the far post. That was close!

12' ONE-WAY TRAFFIC - GERMANY 0-0 N.IRELAND

Mario Götze finds the legs of McGovern... the goal's gaping... Kimmich! He goes for the deft chip when he should be driving it goalwards and the chance is gone!

10 - SAVE! GERMANY 0-0 N.IRELAND

McGovern to Northern Ireland's rescue to foil Özil. It's all Germany...

7- CHANCE! GERMANY 0-0 N.IRELAND

Müller's clean through, but he can't beat McGovern and his wait for a first European Championship goal goes on.

KICK-OFF!

Humid conditions in the French capital. Can Müller open his Euro account? Will Lewandowski's Poland progress? How will Kimmich handle the pressure? Stay with us to find out!

16:51 - Lewy watch

The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign's leading marksman Robert Lewandowski goes in search of his first Euro 2016 goals when Poland take on Ukraine. The White Eagles are currently second in Group C, but could qualify on pole if they better Germany's result in Paris. We will, of course, keep you up-to-date with events at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

17:35 - Band of Bayern brothers

Young Kimmich can count on the support of five of his FC Bayern teammates - Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller - on the pitch at the Parc des Princes tonight.

17:24 - "I love this kid!"

Effusive words from former FC Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola on Joshua Kimmich, who spent much of the season moonlighting at centre-back. He is a midfielder by trade, though, and concluded the 2015/16 campaign with the second-best pass completion percentage in the Bundesliga, so Germany's forwards should get plenty of much-needed service at the Parc des Princes.

FC Bayern's 21-year-old midfielder Joshua Kimmich was a surprise inclusion in the Germany squad.

17:17 - Northern Ireland line-up

Looks like Germany are going to have to get through a five-man midfield...

16:55 - Kimmich starts!

Joachim Löw springs a surprise by naming FC Bayern München breakout talent Joshua Kimmich in his starting line-up. The 21-year-old takes the place of Benedikt Höwedes at right-back, while Mario Gomez comes in as the lone striker, with Mario Götze taking up Julian Draxler's place on the left-hand side.

16:35 - Germany in the building

The world champions have arrived at the Parc des Princes, Paris:

15:41 - Head-to-head

Germany have won eight of their previous 14 meetings with Northern Ireland, losing two and drawing four. The world champions are also unbeaten on the major tournament stage since being knocked out of Euro 2012 by Italy in the semi-finals.

15:36 - Hummels: "We could take more risks"

FC Bayern summer signing Mats Hummels echoed Hector's sentiments in an interview with uefa.com, saying: "I think we could do with taking a few more risks, especially in one-on-one situations [...] I think that this, combined with making more aggressive runs towards the goal, will help us create more chances and goals in the next few games."

Mats Hummels (l.) missed out against Ukraine through injury, but returned to the starting line-up against Poland.

15:24 - Hector calls on Germany to sharpen up

1. FC Köln left-back Jonas Hector, who has started both games for Germany at his first major tournament, wants to the world champions to be more clinical in the final third against Northern Ireland. "Most opponents in the tournament play defensively against us," he told uefa.com. "When they play with so many men behind the ball it's hard to create chances. But when we have created chances we haven't taken advantage of them. It's about being more effective, and trying to make the most of the few chances we get in matches like this."

Jonas Hector made 32 Bundesliga appearances for Köln in 2015/16.

15:04 - Neuer the Wall

Germany have yet to click going forward, but Manuel Neuer and Co. have been doing a sterling job at the back of late:

14:56 - Schalke rock

FC Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Höwedes knows Germany can do better following their goalless draw with Poland. "We didn't do enough and lacked impetus in the final third," the 28-year-old said. "The final ball, a little bit of luck – that's what we were missing. We have respect for [Northern Ireland] but we're the favourites and have to make sure we turn up. We'll put ourselves in a good position if we top the group – that's the aim."

14:47 - Pride of Bayern

Quite the achievement, this. Let's hope Germany and Poland don't let the side down...

14:41 - Insurance policy

Remember, the tournament's expansion from a 16- to a 24-team format means the best four third-placed finishers will join the top two from each group in the knockout stage, the criteria being:

  • 1) Points tally
  • 2) Goal difference
  • 3) Goals scored
  • 4) Fair play ranking in the group stage
  • 5) UEFA national team coefficient rankings

Jerome Boateng kept Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowski in check last time out.

14:34 - Permutations

Germany and Poland, who drew 0-0 last time out, are currently locked on four points from two matches, with Joachim Löw's men top of the group by virtue of goals scored. Northern Ireland are a point further back in third and can still qualify, but it's a case of 'nil points' for Ukraine, who became the first team to be eliminated from the competition following back-to-back defeats to Germany and N. Ireland.

14:30 - Decisive day at the office

It's all to play for in Group C, currently headed by world champions Germany. A point against Northern Ireland will take the world champions through to the Last 16, but Joachim Löw's side will want to finish top to avoid one of Europe's big boys in the next round. As long as they at least match Poland's result against Ukraine, first place will be theirs.