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12th Jun 2016

Germany vs Ukraine – All you need to know about tonight’s match in Lille

The World Champions play their first match

Simon Lloyd

Group C: Germany vs Ukraine

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What time does it start?

Coverage starts at 7.35pm; kickoff is at 8pm

Where is it being played?

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille.

General Views of Grand Stade Lille Metropole - UEFA Euro Venues France 2016

140-character preview

Germany kick off their bid to add a Euro title to the World Cup they won in Brazil with a couple of key players absent.

Germany player to watch

Thomas Müller. Can’t stop scoring when it comes to World Cups, yet to find the net in a European Championship. As he’s shown throughout his time at Bayern, a big game player.

Ukraine player to watch

Yevhen Konoplyanka. Fresh from his first year in La Liga with Sevilla, the winger can undoubtedly cause a few problems for any team with his pace. Ukraine’s main man.

Why will Germany win?

Because they’re German.

Why will Ukraine win?

They might be facing world champions, but this German side has struggled for form since their win over Argentina a couple of years ago. They’ve lost seven games since lifting the World Cup and if they have an off-night in Lille, Ukraine’s mixture of compact defending and pacey counter-attacking could pose a threat.

JOE drinking game buzzwords

German efficiency; Thomas Müller is the new Miroslav Klose; Germany are a tournament team; difficult to break down; resillient defending; something about penalties (even though it’s only the group stage)

Headline predictions

Ukraine are Müllered; Lowest of the Löw