Germany vs Ukraine Match Analysis

The current world champions took on Ukraine in the second match of group  C. Germany are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament and that is no surprise with all the talent and world class players they have within their squad. Ukraine were the massive underdogs in this match with their main threats being Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka, both fast, tricky wingers.
Germany started the game very well, dominating the possession with Toni Kroos been very influential in the midfield, having so much time and space to pick his passes. Germany continued to be dangerous around Ukraine’s box and then they won a free kick right on the edge of Ukraine’s box. Toni Kroos crossed it too the far post where Shkodran Mustafi was waiting to head it in to make it 1-0 to the Germans.
Germany continued to dominate the possession but Ukraine had started to come into the game more with Manuel Neuer having to make a few important saves. Then the best chance of the game for Ukraine came with Jerome Boateng almost bundling it into his own net but then managing to clear it fantastically off the goal line to keep the score at 1-0.
Ukraine had now really grown into the game dominating the possession and creating many chances. They were causing lots of problems for the German defence which was starting to look a bit shaky. Then just a few minutes before half time Ukraine got the ball in the back of the net but it was correctly ruled out for offside. The teams went in 1-0 at half time to the Germans.
The teams came out in the second half and it started just like the first half started, Germany dominating the possession; however this time they were creating a few chances, forcing the Ukrainian goalkeeper into making a few good saves. The second half continued this way with Germany continuing to dominate the possession, Toni Kroos been influential yet again in the midfield.
As we went into the last few minutes of the game Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger came on as a late sub looking to close the game out however, Germany counter attacked after Ukraine lost the ball in a dangerous area, which led to Mesut Ozil crossing from the left hand side which left an open goal for Bastian Schweinsteiger to volley into. The game finished 2-0 with an impressive performance from the German team. However, if they are intending on going far in this competition, they will need to improve their defence which was shaky today.

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