Ali Haggis continues our run through the group stages of Euro 2016, analysing how teams from group C got on and how the teams are likely to fare in the round of 16.
The Germans have been unconvincing so far in the tournament and will need a much stronger performance as the tournament progresses to be in with a chance of winning it. A favourable goal difference saw them top group C ahead of the Poles, but for all their domination of possession they posed very few threats in their three games. Beating Ukraine 2-0 was a solid, if unconvincing, start, whilst the 1-0 win against Northern Ireland showed that they were capable of creating chances, but still didn't take them. It was only thanks to Mario Gomez that the Germans were able to find a way past the Irish and win the group. It was arguably a group that Poland could have won after an impressive showing against the Germans that somehow failed to yield a win. The Germans must get better if they are to go all the way, as they will be expected to do, but a round of 16 tie against Slovakia should see them through to the quarter finals in the "strong" half of the draw.
The Polish will be pleased with their three results, although will certainly feel they could have stolen a win from the Germans and topped the group. If it wasn't for the wasteful finishing of Arkadiusz Milik they would have won three from three and although they only scored two goals they will feel well equipped to go deeper into the tournament. By beating Ukraine they ensured progression as runners up, although a better performance in their opening game against Northern Ireland could have seen them better the goal difference of the Germans too. A couple of minor regrets won't tarnish their achievement however, and the Swiss are certainly there to be beaten in the next round. If the Polish can break down that stubborn defence you would imagine they will win it, but nobody is expecting goals as the sides have conceded one goal between them in their six games so far.
The Green and White Army march proudly into the last 16 on the back of a solitary victory against Ukraine, but they will be very happy with progress at a major tournament. An admirable defensive effort against Germany was not quite enough to earn them a draw but it saved their goal difference from sliding too far and therefore saved them from elimination (at the expensive of Turkey and Albania). An impressive victory over Ukraine in the pouring rain of Lyon will live long in the memory of their fans and their fans will live long in the memory of everyone in France as they travel the country generating plenty of noise and showing the fun side of football. Will Grigg may be on the bench but his song is fast becoming the unofficial anthem of this tournament. They will face a tricky task against Wales in the next round but if they can defend as admirably as they did against the Germans and counter as effectively as against the Ukrainians then they will have every chance.
Four years after failing to make an impact on home soil the Ukrainians have floundered again, struggling to get any sort of rhythm in what turned out to be a very tough group. The domination of the Germans was the worst way to start the tournament and probably knocked their confidence going forward. The sucker punch of a defeat to the Northern Irish sealed their exit from the tournament in all but name thanks to ties being settled on head to head rather than goal difference. A final group game defeat to Poland did nothing to gloss over what will be seen as a poor tournament for a team lacking a striker and with a weak defensive unit. They will have to hope qualification for Russia 2018 will give them a chance to make up for their poor showing in France.
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