GERMANY 2-0 UKRAINE
Current World Cup holders Germany faced Ukraine, to start successfully in their latest attempt for yet another trophy.
German manager Joachim Löw would include Emre Can on the substitute list but he was not chosen to replace anybody throughout this rather one-sided game where the World Champions would dominate and not really need Liverpool’s versatile defensive midfielder, claiming victory as Can sat on the sidelines watching his country win without him on the pitch.
It took Germany only 19 minutes to score a goal as a wonderful cross from was met with the head of Mustafi who headed over the Ukrainian goalkeeper and into the net to give the Germans a lead they would keep.
Germany weren’t completely without needing to defend though. Ukraine had one particularly dangerous attack when Jerome Boateng needed to clear a shot by Konoplyanka from off the goal line to stop Germany from conceding.
It was much later in the game (almost at the final whistle) when Germany would score their second goal so this could have possibly been the equalizer for Ukraine. Boateng really saved the day for the Germans.
He didn’t score in the game but I think what he did contribute was of high value and stopped his country from suffering a possible embarrassment. They’re the winners of World Cup 2014 and surely should be expected to do better than drawing against Ukraine, which didn’t happen due to the great defending by Boateng. He deserves to be named Man Of The Match for his defensive contributions in this fixture.
There was a second goal as I mentioned earlier.
Bastian Schweinsteiger added a very late goal which put any further hopes of a 1-1 draw out of Ukraine’s reach for certain.
The midfielder who has played 18 appearances for Manchester United since signing for the Premier League club in the summer of 2015 for a fee of 9 Million Euros met a cross from Mesut Özil and stretched his leg out much like Harry Kane had in the England game, except the only difference being – Schweinsteiger actually managed to connect his foot to the ball and put it in the back of the net, to help his country win.
Germany’s victory was now secured and they sit at the top of their group with a slightly better goal difference than Poland who beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in their first fixture of group C.
I hope we get to see Emre Can play in the future fixtures Germany have left to play in this tournament, all Reds fans know his high worth and quality and he should be allowed to show it to the rest of Europe.
Keep coming back here to find out if that happens and for more news on the other Liverpool players that are a part of Euro 2016.
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.