Germany defeats Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016 opener

GERMAN PRESS AGENCY - DPA
LILLE, France
Published 13.06.2016 00:02
Updated 13.06.2016 00:11
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with team mates at the end of the match (REUTERS Photo)
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with team mates at the end of the match (REUTERS Photo)

Germany won their opening game of Euro 2016 thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger in an entertaining 2-0 win over Ukraine on Sunday, but the world champions will be worried by some lapses at the back.

The Group C encounter was end-to-end at times and played in a carnival atmosphere, despite news of trouble between fans in Lille city centre before kick-off.

Ukraine could easily have levelled for 1-1 on a number of occasions against a slightly makeshift Germany defence, giving other sides hope that Joachim Loew's side can be conquered, especially if they again fail to fully kill off a game.

Germany are level at the top of Group C on three points with Poland, who also beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in their tournament opener on Sunday.

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