Germany 0-0 Poland: Milik fluffs lines in Paris stalemate

Poland's forward Arkadiusz Milik (R) challenges Germany's goal line during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 16, 2016. / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s forward Arkadiusz Milik (R) challenges Germany’s goal line during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 16, 2016. / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Arkadiusz Milik wasted two glorious chances to score as both sides moved a step closer to qualification for the Euro 2016 knockout stages with a point apiece at Stade de France

Germany and Poland cancelled each other out to both edge a step closer towards qualification for the Euro 2016 knockout stages in a 0-0 stalemate in Paris.

Arkadiusz Milik spurned a guilt-edged chance to put Poland in front early in the second half as he failed to make good enough contact with Kamil Grosicki’s dangerous cross.

World champions Germany struggled to muster up much against a sturdy Poland side, who will feel the more aggrieved out of the two with the draw after creating the better chances to break the deadlock.

Milik passed up another glorious chance to score in the second half, before Mesut Ozil flew straight up the other end to force Lukasz Fabianski into making a decent save.

Adam Nawalka’s men conclude their group campaign against Ukraine, who became first side to be eliminated following the draw between Germany and Poland.

Germany, who are joint-top of Group C with Poland on four points, finish against a Northern Ireland side who are in good spirits after beating Ukraine 2-0 in Lyon.

Fabianski deputised for injured former Arsenal team-mate Wojciech Szczesny in Poland’s goal, while Shkodran Mustafi – who scored in Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine – was replaced by Mats Hummels as both nations shuffled their packs.

Poland, 1-0 victors over Northern Ireland in their opener, faced an early threat as Mario Gotze headed Julian Draxler’s swinging cross wide of the target.

Assiduous work from Thomas Muller saw him rob the ball off right-back Lukasz Piszczek and lay on a chance for Toni Kroos, but the Real Madrid midfielder had to stretch and could only divert his 16th-minute effort wide.

Joachim Low’s charges were far from their fluent best, though, and Poland grew into the contest, with Milik and Robert Lewandowski combining well before forcing a block from Hummels.

Gotze struck Fabianski’s left-hand upright with a shot from the edge of the box before the break, but saw the linesman’s flag raised anyway as Muller – who had laid the ball back for him – was offside.

Poland, who beat Germany for the first time in qualifying for the tournament, should have taken the lead with their first attack of the second half, but Milik somehow failed to make proper contact with Grosicki’s teasing delivery.

Nawalka’s side continued to pose a threat and Milik had Manuel Neuer diving to his near post as the Ajax forward’s effort from a set-piece flew narrowly wide before the hour.

After Milik took a swing and a miss at Grosicki’s cross soon after, Ozil had a strike tipped over the crossbar by Fabianski, with both sides pressing for a winner.

But it did not materialise as two teams who shared six goals in qualifying for the tournament played out the first goalless draw of this year’s European Championship.


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