Euro 2016 Day 7: Northern Ireland make history; Germans frustrated; agony for Wales
Good morning - here’s the key headlines from the overnight action in France:
- Germany and Poland in stalemate
- Northern Ireland stun Ukraine 2-0
- Hodgson delight at comeback win over Wales
- Sturridge and Vardy come off bench to win Battle of Britain for England
No way through
Germany and Poland couldn’t breach each other’s defence as their game finished 0-0 - the first game without a goal so far.
A win would have put Germany through to the knockout stage, but they’ll need a result against Northern Ireland in their final group C match.
Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik - their matchwinner against Northern Ireland - had a couple of excellent chances to do the same again against Germany, but fluffed his lines.
Poland and Germany both have 4 points, with Northern Ireland on 3 and Ukraine on 0.
Green and white army
Northern Ireland are dreaming of the knockout stage after a stunning win over Ukraine - their first at a major tournament since the World Cup in 1982.
Michael O’Neill’s side hardly saw the ball in the first half, but nicked a goal just before the hour mark as veteran West Brom defender Gareth McAuley headed in.
They continued to frustrate Ukraine before Niall McGinn sealed a 2-0 win in stoppage time to send the army of travelling fans wild.
“These fans were with us no matter what,” said McAuley.
“We’ve got another tough game now against Germany but we’re delighted and hopefully we’ll grow more confident.”
The joy was dampened for fans, however, with the news that a Northern Ireland supporter had collapsed and died during the match.
The man, in his 60s, was treated by paramedics but could not be resuscitated. He was the second Norther Ireland fan to die at the tournament after another fell to his death in an accident in Nice.
Super subs at the double for England
England got their first win of the tournament with a 2-1 comeback victory over Wales.
Gareth Bale had put the Welsh ahead with his second of the tournament, another free-kick, in the first half.
England boss Roy Hodgson brought Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy on at half-time, and it wasn’t long before the Leicester striker brought them level, swivelling to score from close range.
A draw looked on the cards before Liverpool’s Sturridge wriggled his way clear in the box in time added on to poke home the winner and leave England with a foot in the knockout stage.
“It’s a long time since myself and the coaching staff have showed such joy at a goal. That’s because that goal the other night put us under a bit of pressure,” said Hodgson, referring to the last-minute equaliser from Russia in England’s 1-1 opener.
“We are gutted, but we have to move on,” Wales boss Chris Coleman said. “We are here to get through to the last 16.”
His team have to beat Russia on Monday to seal qualification.