Germany Progress Through To The Last 16

Germany progressed into the last 16 of Euro 2016 after defeating Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris.

As for Northern Ireland defeat means they finish third in Group C after Poland also won 1-0 against Ukraine to finish second.

Northern Ireland supporter shakes hands with a German policeman during a "fan walk" to go to the Parc des Princes stadium.
Northern Ireland supporter shakes hands with a German policeman during a “fan walk” to go to the Parc des Princes stadium.

Mario Gomez was the goal scorer for Germany as he side-footed the game’s only goal in the 30th minute thanks to good work from Thomas Muller.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and his players will now need to wait to find out if they are one of the third-placed better teams in order to progress into the last 16.

Germany were camped in the Northern Irish half for the majority of the match.

Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington was isolated and barely had a sniff on goal.

Mario Gomez in action
Mario Gomez in action

Man of the match Michael McGovern was busy throughout making a series of fine saves and he had to be alert to thwart out Thomas Muller before blocking further attempts from Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil.

Muller’s header crashed against the post on 28 minutes but a minute after that the World Champions were ahead.

Ozil who was instrumental in the goal released Muller in on goal and he in turn teed up Mario Gomez who smashed home via a Gareth McAuley deflection.

Jamie Ward in action with Hector
Jamie Ward in action with Hector

Muller again crashed another shot against the underside of the crossbar as he still chases his first ever goal in any Euro tournament.

Northern Ireland’s only shot in the first half came from Jamie Ward as he tried his luck from 30-yards that went straight at Manuel Neuer.

Germany's Joshua Kimmich in action
Germany’s Joshua Kimmich in action

Early into the second half Gotze was denied by the impressive McGovern.

Northern Ireland barely caused a threat but they did work very hard without possession. Germany on the other hand took their foot off the gas but were close to double the lead through Gomez again but once again McGovern was equal to it.

At the final whistle Northern Ireland’s players were given a rousing reception by the fans in green shirts but now they will be hoping to progress to the last 16 of the tournament as one of the best third place teams.

Bockarie Koroma

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