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Well that brings a close to our coverage of day three of Euro 2016. Wins for Croatia, Poland and Germany, with the trio putting one foot in the last 16. Tomorrow we are back with three more games including Belgium vs Italy, but until then goodbye.

Full time: Germany 2-0 Ukraine

The world champions begin attempts to win a fourth European Championships with a fine win over Ukraine. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Bastain Schweinsteiger see them ease to victory over a Ukraine side, who were very good in the first half but ran out of legs as the game went on.

Goal: Germany 2-0 Ukraine (Bastain Schweinsteiger)

Wonderful second goal for Germany and it caps a perfect evening for the world champions. Ukraine pile players forward from a corner and after Ozil is played down the left he crosses and Schweinsteiger, who has just come on, fires home on he half volley.

Three minutes added on in Lille. Ukraine pushing but physically they look totally gone.

Ukraine almost level! Shkodran Mustafi heads over Manuel Neuer and it requires the out of position German stopper to knock the ball behind. Jerome Boateng had gone to sleep.

If Ukraine are able to get a draw, then they have their goalkeeper Pyatov to thank. He saves from Ozil after Kroos' long pass.

Pyatov intercepts a long ball which Andre Schurrle pursued. Germany really knocking on the door now.

As feared before the game, Konplyanka and Yarmolenko have drifted out of this game as it has progressed, and Germany looks really comfortable at the minute. You can't see where an equaliser is going to come from, unless we see a horrible individual error.

Pyatov nows saves low from Muller's shot. Germany look like they could score a second if they really needed it. Ukraine look spent.

Mario Gotze comes into this tournament with plenty to prove but misses his opportunity as he runs through on goal, but after passing up the chance to shot on multiple occasions he tamely finds the 'keepers' arms.

There has been some lovely interplay in this Germany performance. The latest combination sees Ozil and Muller combine in the left channel of the penalty area, but Ukraine scramble it clear.

Another half chance for Germany. Howedes crosses from the right and Draxler comes in off the left and heads over. A second goal would put the result beyond doubt.

Yevhen Seleznyov on for the ineffective Roman Zozulya for Ukraine with a quarter of the game remaining. Not been much threat from them since the break.

Patient build-up from Germany ends with Khedira striking from range and Pyatov is equal to it. Not quite the end-to-end contest we had in the first half, but chances still flowing.

Yaroslav Rakitskiy with a rasping free-kick from a good 30 yards and Neuer does well to get down to his left to turn it away for a corner.

Andriy Shevchenko, who is assistant manager with the Ukraine national team, is off his seat and barking instructions to his team. How they could do with a goalscorer of his magnitude as they pursue an equalising goal.

The second half has begun in similar fashion to the first, with Germany dominating possession and not allowing Ukraine a sniff.

Players out for the second half in Lille. More of the same please. Second half underway.

Half time: Germany 1-0 Ukraine

The world champions ahead but not without a scare or two. Shkodran Mustafi headed home a storming goal to open the scoring, but Ukraine have hit back and Jerome Boateng prevent Konoplyanka from levelling with a remarkable goal-line clearance. Best half of the tournament so far.

It hasn't taken long for Ukraine to realise Germany are all over the place when it comes to crosses, and another one goes over the penalty area and though to Vyacheslav Shevchuk but his cross-shot is hopeless over.

Ball in the net for Ukraine, but it has been chalked off. Another cross causes problems and Yarmolenko sticks the ball in to an empty net but a teammate is in an offside position.

Just seen another replay of that Boateng clearance. The Bayern defender send the ball bouncing towards his own goal before somehow turning and clearing it inches away from the goal-line. Remarkable piece of defending.

How are Ukraine not level! A wonderful pass from Yarmolenko finds Konoplyanka, who beats Neuer but Boateng - while facing his own goal - somehow turns the ball away from danger.

Toni Kroos is being given the freedom of Lille to do whatever he likes. One of the best players I have had the pleasure of watching live, and it has been a clinic tonight. Ukraine can't get near him.

Another corner for Ukraine and though it is headed clear Sydorchuk shoots from range, but harmlessly wide. End-to-end game this, as Germany win successive corners.

Premier League referee Martin Atkinson is making his first appearance in the competition in Lille, and he almost sees Germany double their lead. Kroos plays a delightful pass over the Ukraine defence and Khedira latches onto it by Pyatov makes a fine save.

Ukraine may not be star-studded but they won't go away in this match. Chances aplenty since the goal first as Konoplyanka's free-kick is headed behind, and from the resulting corner Yevhen Khacheridi is denied by a fine save from Neuer - who was in two minds whether to come for the ball. Really good game this.

Goal: Germany 1-0 Ukraine (Shkodran Mustafi)

Wonderful goal as the world champions hit the front. Toni Kroos floats a delicious cross into the middle and Mustafi leaps highest and nods home his first international goal. Fine header and Germany deservedly lead.

Germany with the best chance of the game. Muller heads back Ozil's cross and Hector off-balance slices the ball badly and it loops up into the air and is eventually claimed by Pyatov.

Great noise being created by both sets of supporters early on in this game. Germany on the front foot now but Muller can't connect with Draxler's cross.

Konoplyanka straight into the action as Ukraine threaten. Good pull back to the edge of the box and Neuer makes a fine save to keep out the 20-yard shot.

Underway in Lille. Great atmosphere around the stadium.

Big German contingent in France, and they will outnumber their Ukraine counterparts if a pre-tournament study is anything to go by. Ukraine fans have to shell out an average of £8,000 to watch their team once at Euro 2016. Be interesting to see how many have made the trip.

Players in the tunnel in Lille. Lots of attention on the events off the field in France, but can these two teams write the right sort of headlines?

Jens Lehmann being interviewed by BBC television ahead of the game and he is tipping Leroy Sane, on the bench for this game, to take the tournament by storm. Having seen the Schalke playmaker several times myself, it is hard to disagree with the former Arsenal goalkeeper.

Many have written off Germany as potential winners of this tournament, but looking at their starting eleven it is hard to consider them as anything other than contenders. It is a star-studded team named by Joachim Loew including Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer - who some consider to be the best goalkeeper on the planet. You worry for Ukraine tonight if they concede early.

Ukraine are another nation who will rely on their defensive steel to see them through the group stage before the chance their arm in the last 16 and beyond. Mykhaylo Fomenko's side's hopes rest on counter-attack, sucking an opponent in and hitting them on the break. Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka are the chief attacking pair, but they often flatter to deceive and other attacking options are few and far between.


Germany: Neuer; Höwedes, Boateng, Mustafi, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Götze.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Shevchuk, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Sydorchuk, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka, Zozulya

The entry of Germany into a major tournament is also a key junction in any summer event, and that is no different at Euro 2016 with Joachim Loew's side the current world champions. It is a younger German side which travels to France, and one which is not as polished as the side which prevailed in Brazil, but nevertheless they are a threat in a tournament which is wide open.

Full time in Nice and it has finished Poland 1-0 Northern Ireland, with Arkadiusz Milik scoring the only goal. Germany and Ukraine can join Poland at the top of Group C with a win tonight.

Sadly, I must report of scenes of violence between Germany and Ukraine fans in Lille before the game.

For those of you joining us, don't forget Poland and Northern Ireland are facing off in Nice. Head here to follow our live blog of the first Group C game.

After France in 2000 and Spain in 2012, Germany attempt to become the latest nation to win the European Championships after claiming the World Cup in successive major tournaments. Joachim Loew is the longest-reigning manager at Euro 2016 but he is without a number of key players from that World Cup win two years ago and several injury concerns. Ukraine meanwhile go into this competition with expectations at rock bottom having required a narrow play-off win over Slovenia to progress. But with Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka in toe they have every chance of causing an upset.