Football Euro 2016: Group C Matches

The action turns to Group C on day 12, as Ukraine face Poland, Northern Ireland have the daunting task of facing world champions Germany in a crucial encounter.

Ukraine are the only team from the group that can no longer qualify for the knockout stages after 2-0 defeats against Germany and Northern Ireland in their two group outing.

Mykhaylo Fomenko’s team have under-performed and now only have pride to play for in this group, but could still have a big influence on who qualifies for the knockout stages of the competition.

Poland can confirm their place in the knockout stages with a victory in this clash. However, a draw could be enough to give the Poles runners-up spot, if Northern Ireland fails to beat Germany in other game.

Whatever happens Poland look likely to make it to the knockout stages, as four points should be enough to seal a spot in the last 16, even if the unexpected happens and they suffer a defeat in this clash. A win could be enough to seal top spot in the group.

Northern Ireland face the difficult task of facing world champions Germany in their last group. Germany have collected four points from their two games so far, but Joachim Low’s side were underwhelming last time out in their goalless draw with Poland, failing to get a shot on target.

Boss Joachim Low may react to that poor display against Poland with changes in personnel, as he seeks to find a bigger attacking threat from his team. The world champions realistically only need a point to qualify for the knockout stages, but will have to record a victory in this game to ensure they top the group, or Poland could pip them to top spot and secure an easier draw in the last-16.

Northern Ireland recorded their ever win at a European Championships last time out by beating Ukraine 2-0. The win gave Michael O’Neill’s side a very good chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

They are currently third-place in the group and a draw would surely seal their place in the last-16, while they could qualify with a defeat, but that depends on results from the other games.

Group D also reaches its conclusion on Tuesday, Czech Republic face Turkey and Spain go head-to-head with Croatia.

Czech Republic’s 2-2 draw with Croatia last time out means that they can still qualify in second-place, but they would need to defeat Turkey and then hope that Spain defeat Croatia in the other game.

A win would also guarantee the Czech’s finish in third spot and that could be enough for them to qualify as one of the best third-place teams. Pavel Vrba’s team will be without influential attacking midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who has a thigh problem.

Turkey’s Euro 2016 campaign has been very poor so far, as they have suffered defeats in both of their games. A 3-0 defeat in their last outing against European champions has made their chances of making it the knockout stages very slim.

Fatih Terim’s side would need a win and improve their goal difference, as their goal difference is currently -4, which is currently the worst of any team hoping to make the knockout stages.

The other group in the game is between Croatia and European champions Spain. Croatia needs to avoid defeat to confirm their place as group runners-up. However a win would mean top spot for Ante Cacic’s team.

Croatia threw away a two-goal lead against the Czechs last time out to draw 2-2, but a draw would be enough to take them through in second place. Even a defeat could see them through as one of third-place teams.

Spain’s 3-0 defeat of Turkey in their last game meant that Vicente del Bosque’s side have two wins out of two games in France. The European champions only need a draw to finish top of the group and get an easier passage in the knockout stages.

Del Bosque could rotate his squad with qualification for the last-16 already sealed, although La Roja will not want to lose their momentum by failing to win this clash.