Full-time: Germany 0-0 Poland

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Full-time: Germany 0-0 Poland

All over in Paris, then! A game that promised so much never came close to delivering.

A good point for the Poles, but the Germans have much to ponder if they're going to win Euro 2016. Until next time...

The scene in Paris
The scene in Paris Getty Images


Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock... time is ebbing away in the French capital and we're no closer to finding a goal.

There will be three minutes of time added. Put us all out of our misery referee, please.


We're a few minutes away from the first goalless draw of Euro 2016. More frustratingly, this game has fallen very far short of our pre-match expectations.


Boateng commits a handball on the edge of the box - but he escapes a second booking. Luck boy.

Anyway, the Poles have a free-kick in a dangerous position. It comes to nothing, though, and we move closer to a goalless draw.

Sadly, because of the design of this tournament, neither side is under desperate pressure to seek a winning goal.

Polish scarfs inside the stadium
Polish scarfs inside the stadium Getty Images


Less than ten minutes left and my optimism is starting to subside. A goal appears to be an increasingly unlikely prospect, given how the last few minutes have evolved.


Right, it's now time for the Poles to make a change of their own.


I feel, although this may be false hope, that we are getting closer and closer to a first goal. Only 15 minutes left, mind, so they'll need to hurry up.

Joachim Loew
Joachim Loew (left) looks anxious Getty Images


Now, Ozil - who is having an increasing influence on this game - finds Andre Schurrle in the box, but his left-footed effort is straight at the keeper.

Meanwhile, here comes Gomez, who is introduced at the expense of Draxler. The striker has around 20 minutes to make his mark.

Two Polish supporters
Two Polish supporters Getty Images


Milik has done it again - can you believe it!? The ball dribbles to him in yards of space inside the area but he takes a wild swing at it and it strikes his standing foot. He should have scored, there.

And moments later, a goal-bound effort from Germany's Mesut Ozil is tipped over the bar.


Finally, the Germans make a switch, although I'm not sure it's the one most people expected. Andre Schurrle is introduced at the expense of Gotze. That may mean the former Chelsea man plays through the middle now.


Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass... this is fine, but the Germans are going nowhere for the moment. Where's the incisiveness? Where's the invention? Where's the sense of urgency?

This is the sort of football Louis van Gaal might love, yet the Germans ought to be looking for a goal at some stage.

A Polish fan
A Polish fan Getty Images


For the first time in the match, Poland are on top and look the more threatening team. Mario Gomez is warming up at the moment - and I'm not sure it'll be too long before we see him.

The Germans are clearly missing something this evening... besides a goal, obviously.


Krychowiak goes down under pressure from Muller. A free-kick is awarded in a dangerous area. Lewandowski against Neur, this. What can the Bayern man do?

In the end, they shift it to the left and Milik hits it just wide of the post. And moments later, Lewandowski looks to be in before a German defender makes a last-ditch stop. Jerome Boateng was the man on that occasion.


Grosiki goes into the book for the Poles. It was a tactical foul, as Draxler looked to race beyond the half-way line.

The number of bookings are starting to rack up now, as we reach the hour mark.


Milik launches a three-on-three breakaway for the Poles, but Hummels gets back and clears the ball. Poland are starting to knock on the door now, though.

Germans in the crowd
Germans in the crowd Getty Images


At the other end, the Germans are still looking a bit toothless in attack. For all of their undoubted quality, the World Champions are clearly lacking a cutting edge. Time for a change, perhaps?


Oh, Poland miss a sitter within seconds of the restart! Milik gets his head on a cross from the right side and looks certainly just to poke it home, but gets his headed effort completely wrong. It was easier to score.


We're back under way in Paris. Let's hope the second half is better than the first, which kind of wilted.


Half-time: Germany 0-0 Poland

Lots of possession for the Germans, but no cutting edge. Must do better, a school report would read in such circumstances.


The injury-prone Sami Khedira hits an effort from distance, but screws his shot well wide of the goal. As much as I hate to say it, that was one of Germany's better efforts of what's developed into an underwhelming half of football.


The Poles appear to be pretty comfortable at the moment. Everything is happening in front of their defence, which is what they'd prefer. Can the Germans produce a little bit of magic?

Meanwhile, Lewandowksi is flagged offside when he appears to be through on goal.

A German fan
A German fan cheers her side on Getty Images


After a promising opening, this game has gone to sleep somewhat. I think a rethink might be needed from the Germans if it remains like this until the break.

It's all a bit too passive. Without a centre-forward in their side, there is no physical presence and no threat in behind.

They're passing the ball impressively - but there's no real penetration to what they're doing.


I'm not sure what it says about Mario Gomez that he can't get into this team. It's amazing to think that the World Champions are so devoid of top-class centre-forwards.

At the minute, the Germans look rather blunt as an attacking force. And to compound their increasing frustrations, Ozil has gone into the book for a niggling foul.

Adam Nawalka and Joachim Loew
Adam Nawalka and Joachim Loew embrace before kick-off Getty Images


Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Gotze is the most peripheral of Germany's attacking options, just nine touches so far. I'm not sure he's suited to this false nine position.

The Germans need to involve Mesut Ozil in the game more, too.