Friday 9 December 2016

Germany primed for Poland test

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Published 16/06/2016 | 02:30

The world champions looked efficient, if not entirely convincing. Photo: REUTERS/Carl Recine
The world champions looked efficient, if not entirely convincing. Photo: REUTERS/Carl Recine

Joachim Low will be sniffing a place in the second round when his Germany side take on Poland at the Stade de France tonight .

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The world champions looked efficient, if not entirely convincing, in their 2-0 win over Ukraine and will need to raise their game a notch against the Poles, who beat Northern Ireland in their opener.

It is a match that might best be summarised as two strikers against none. Germany, with their phalanx of technical, inter-changing midfielders, can expect to dominate possession, but Poland boast one of the tournament's best strike pairings in Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik, who will have been encouraged by the string of chances Ukraine enjoyed against Germany, who are likely to be without Matt Hummels again.

Poland's first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss the match because of the thigh injury he suffered against Northern Ireland. Coach Adam Nawalka declined to reveal whether Lukasz Fabianski or the more experienced but error-prone Artur Boruc would replace the Roma 'keeper.

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