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2014 World Cup winners Germany begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Ukraine on Sunday (12 June) at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 8pm BST. Live TV coverage in the UK is available on BBC One. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kick-off is at 12.30am IST (Monday).

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There is guaranteed to be goals when Germany take on Ukraine in their opening Euro 2016 clash in Lille. It will be the first international game played at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The Germans are looking to add the European crown to their World Cup victory in 2014 and are one of the favourites to go all the way.

Joachim Low boasts an enviable attack and midfield, one which can overrun any team in the competition on their day, but they are facing a mini defensive crisis with first choice centre-backs and full backs missing. Mats Hummels is just recovering from injury, while Antonio Rudiger has been ruled out of the tournament. Emre Can, who is essentially a defensive midfielder, could find himself at left-back, which will give Ukraine an opportunity to put pressure on the defence.

Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller's form will be crucial if Germany are to add the Euro 2016 title to their World Cup title they won in 2014 Getty

Mykhaylo Fomenko's team have two potent attackers in Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka and his team play a counter attacking style, which could see the Germans come under pressure during the course of the game. However, if the 2014 World Champions' attack were to get into the zone with Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil pulling the strings, they could cruise to the three points.

Germany have never lost to Ukraine in their five meetings, but three of them have been draws, which will give the underdogs hope when they face each other on Sunday evening. Moreover, the Die Mannschaft are not in the best of form coming into the tournament having lost two of their last four games, which includes a 3-1 loss to tournament debutants Slovakia.



Betting odds (Betfair)

Germany – 610

Draw – 6

Ukraine – 3

What managers say

Joachim Low (Germany): "I believe that players like Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, who now lead the side with Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira, will get the team on course. This team wants to be crowned European champions. I've been coach of Germany for a long time now and in spite of all of our friendly and qualifying games, it's the tournaments which give me the greatest motivation. We want to prove ourselves once again and confirm our success. Once you've had this feeling of glory, then it's something which drives you on to feel it again."

Mykhaylo Fomenko (Ukraine):"There are no weak opponents at the EURO finals and the opening game against the world champions will be double motivation for our players to perform. The first match will set the tone for our EURO. It's a very important event for our country and our fans."

Team News


Possible XI: Neuer – Hector, Mustafi, Boateng, Can – Khedira, Kroos – Gotze, Ozil, Muller – Gomez.


Possible XI: Pyatov – Shevchuk, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Fedetskiy – Garmash, Stepanenko – Konoplyanka, Sydorchuk, Yarmolenko – Zozulya.