Germany win their group as Mario Gómez scores only goal

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Updated: June 21, 2016

Germany have beaten Northern Ireland tonight in Group C of UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to a single goal scored by Beşiktaş striker Mario Gómez.

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Mario Gómez missed Hector’s cross by a hair to bag another goal, while McGovern prevented him from scoring on two other occasions.

Die Mannschaft ended their group stage campaign with 7 points out of 9 as did Poland (who beat the Ukraine 1-0). But due to a better goal tally the Germans end in first place as group winners.

Mario Gómez scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute despite a plethora of chances for the Germans. Mario Gómez, Mesut Özil, Mario Götze and especially Thomas Müller had chances to significantly increase the scoreline but the Irish goalkeeper McGovern and a lack of luck prevented Germany from expanding their lead over the Northern Irish any further.

Mario Gómez, who played the full 90 minutes, now has 28 goals for Germany in 66 appearances, tonight was his first start of the tournament and he had some excellent touches to set up Thomas Müller in front of goal in addition to scoring himself. It will be difficult to imagine Joachim Löw opting for the ‘false 9’ tactic again in the next round, Gómez is very likely to remain in the starting lineup.

Northern Ireland now keep a firm chance at being one of the “best four third placed teams” in the competition as they now have a goal differential of 0.

Turkey needed the Germans to get a big one tonight if they wanted to keep a realistic chance at quaifying as one of those best third placed teams, but because the Northern Irish managed to limit the damage to just one goal, Turkey would have to win by atleast five goals tonight against the Czech Republic.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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