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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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."
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 tally2) Goal difference3) Goals scored4) Fair play ranking in the group stage5) UEFA national team coefficient rankings
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.