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Can world champions Germany win Euro 2016 or will they get found out in the latter stages of the competition? They produced a comfortable, if not entirely convincing 2-0 victory against Ukraine at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Sunday evening. Rocky Colavito Jersey .Despite keeping 68 per cent possession and creating the early chances, Germany also showed rare vulnerabilities which Ukraine were unable to exploit, but other teams will. Germany off to strong start Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger secure win in Euro 2016 opener Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi powered home the opener and then Bastian Schweinsteiger came off the bench to score his first international goal in five years and seal three points.With games against Poland and Northern Ireland to come, coach Joachim Loew will fully expect his side to make progress.Here, we explain why Germany are seen as genuine title contenders and why some may see them as an ailing force.Kroos controlGermany, eyeing their fourth Euro triumph but first since 1996, looked towards their midfield maestro Toni Kroos to unlock the Ukrainian defence. Germanys midfielder Toni Kroos (C) was instrumental in midfield Kroos was at the heart of much of their attacking threat and played the game at his own metronomic, unhurried fashion, making 130 touches over 90 minutes.The Real Madrid man played in a deeper, central role, wary of protecting an inexperienced backline as well as unlocking defences when going forward.Passing masterclassKroos came second in most passes made in La Liga last season and he has the highest pass accuracy rate (92 per cent). It was no surprise to see him dominate the middle of the park. Kroos provided a passing masterclass on Sunday night in Lille He will be aiming to become the complete German midfielder at Euro 2016, dominating with and without the ball. His range of passing and thought of passing is unique.The cultured Kroos found himself as the deepest central midfielder behind Mesut Ozil, but was ably assisted by the Arsenal star when Germany looked to counter.Attacking qualitiesHead coach Joachim Low picked a frightening front four with World Cup winners Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze supported by Wolfsburgs Julian Draxler.They have never lost their opening game at the European Championship finals and the German juggernaut marched on with another victory. Bastian Schweinsteiger made sure of the win in stoppage time It was understandable that Ukraine were concerned about their opponents ability to counter-attack so much so that they were happy to sit deep and squeeze the ball, rather than allow space in between the backline.Mustafis opener meant the Germans were always strong favourites to go on and claim all three points having won 18 of their last 19 games after being in front at half-time. Mario Gotze failed to make much of an impact as the false No 9 The Germans will worry if they progress to the latter stages of the tournament with Gotze playing as the false No 9 and no recognised striker.They will look to Spain, who have won tournaments without a recognised striker, but their ball retention is not the same. So can they rely on Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Muller to bring them glory?Mustafi on the riseGerman goalscorer Mustafi was released by then Everton boss David Moyes in 2012 after making just one substitute appearance during his time at Goodison Park.The 24-year-old moved to Italy to get his career back on track and while at Sampdoria he broke into the Germany national team. Shkodran Mustafi (C) opened the scoring It has been a remarkable last four years for Mustafi since leaving Everton, with the player making his competitive debut at the finals in Brazil as Germany went on to win their first major trophy since 1996.The time I was at Everton, I had to step on because I was not playing, said Mustafi. I needed to play so I asked David Moyes to release me. I needed to play to grow up.Everton were really professional with me and said it wasnt a problem to give me away because I wasnt playing. They always thought about the players, not themselves. Shkodran Mustafi was released by Everton but is now well established at Valencia That is unusual. They wanted to give the players the best opportunity and, for me, that was to move on and go somewhere where I could play.I took a step back to go to Serie B in Italy to make two steps forward and now I am here.Mustafi has since moved to Valencia where he has established himself in their first team and after scoring his first international goal in only his 11th appearance for his country, he has given Low a selection problem ahead of Poland on Thursday.Defensive headache?Low opted for the experience of Benedikt Howedes and Mustafi in a makeshift defence despite the fact the Germans started with 10 World Cup Winners.The pair were part of the squad that won the World Cup two years ago and were preferred to Joshua Kimmich and Emre Can in a defence ravaged by injuries, but you wouldnt know. Jerome Boateng made an amazing goal-line clearance Mats Hummels was only fit enough for a place on the bench, whilst Antonio Rudiger was forced to pull out the squad after suffering cruciate ligament damage last week. Schalkes Howedes started at right-back with Valencias Mustafi partnering Jerome Boating at the heart of the defence.Full-backs Howedes and Jonas Hector offered little pace on the flanks but their selection was aimed at slowing down Ukraines dangerous wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka. Germany have a powerful squad, but do they lack an attacking threat from the bench? And when Ukraine did break through the backline, they had to contend with the giant frame of Manuel Neuer between the sticks and the remarkable defensive abilities of Boateng.Dont forget to follow our minute-by-minute commentary of the game between Germany and Poland through our live blog on skysports.com/football, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportsfootball.Let us know your views on Germany by signing in with Facebook below and sending us a message.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. Also See: Germany off to strong start As it happened Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor Muller: Tournament specialist Detroit Tigers Pro Shop .com) - The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with running back Jackie Battle on a one-year contract Friday. Hank Greenberg Jersey . We wonder if the price of a Roberts rookie card has at least gone up a few cents? Tribute Tweets #Padres Tony Gwynn had 287 career plate appearances against #Braves trio of Maddux, Glavine, & Smoltz, he hit . https://www.cheaptigers.com/289z-bryan-garcia-jersey-tigers.html . UCI President Brian Cookson said Wednesday the commission will investigate allegations "that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past -- allegations which have done so much to hurt the credibility of the UCI and our sport.Worcestershire Rapids won their third NatWest T20 Blast game in three, beating Yorkshire Vikings by seven wickets at New Road. Liam Plunkett put in an impressive all-round effort for the visitors, striking 34 not out off just 10 balls before taking 2-29 from his four overs, but it wasnt enough for the Vikings who have now lost their opening two fixtures in the North Group.Joe Leach took 3-33 for the Rapids to help reduce Yorkshire to 112-6 in the 18th over before Plunketts big-hitting efforts at the death - assisted by Tim Bresnan (29no off 13 balls) - helped set a testing 174-run target. But with a solid platform of 109-3 set at the 12-over mark, Alexei Kervezee (52no off 37) and Brett DOliveira (34no off 20) put on 66 together to take Worcestershire home with five balls to spare.Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat first but lost David Willey (6) - bowled by Ed Barnard - and Adil Rashid (1) run out early.Captain Alex Lees (46 off 36) seemed to have steadied the ship, but fell four short of fifty, while Jack Leaning (24 off 25) and Gary Ballance (24 off 23) couldnt capitalise on solid starts.Leach removed both, bowling Ballance, and dismissed Will Rhodes (3) in the same manner soon after. Liam Plunkett impressed with both bat and ball in defeat for Yorkshire That brought Plunkett and Bresnan together and they smacked a staggering 61 from the final three overs to lift Yorkshire to a score of 173-6.It wouldnt be enough though, despite two Plunkett strikes with the ball this time - Daryl Mitchell (29 off 17) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (19 off 18).Adil Rashid (1-39) picked up a further wicket, Joe Clarke falling after an enterprising 34 off 23 balls, but Kervezee and DOliveiras partnership took the home side comfortably through to their target.Gloucestershire squeaked to a four-wicket win over Middlesex with just a ball to spare in their South Group clash in Northwood. Gareth Roderick helped Gloucestershire over the line with two last-over boundaries Chasing 160 to win and still needing seven to win from the final three balls, Gareth Roderick (11no off 3) fired a four and a six to win it for the visitors. Sam Crawford Jersey. Paul Stirling had earlier struck 60 off 43 balls - with five fours and three sixes - and Adam Voges (52 off 40) too fired fifty to help Middlesex post 159-9 from their 20 overs.Gloucestershire appeared to be cruising along with Ian Cockbain (40 off 28) and Chris Dent (45 off 40) putting on 65 for the third wicket. A couple of late wickets put the game back in the balance, only for Roderick to fire the visitors to victory.Hampshire got the better of Kent in the other South Group match on the night, winning by nine runs at the Ageas Bowl. Shahid Afridi celebrates the key wicket of Kents Daniel Bell-Drummond as Hampshire win Michael Carberry hit 54 from 53 balls for the hosts but struggled for support elsewhere, as Matt Coles took 4-27. But overseas signings Shahid Afridi (21 off 14) and Darren Sammy (27 off 15) provided some useful lower-order hitting to propel the hosts up to 158-8 from their 20 overs.Daniel Bell-Drummond cracked 64 from 51 balls at the top of the order for Kent, but suffered a similar problem to Carberry before him, with only his opening partner, Joe Denly (31 off 27), offering support and scoring more than 18.Afridi impressed taking 3-33 - including the key wicket of Bell-Drummond in the 17th over - to back up his earlier efforts with the bat, as Kent crumbled to 149 all out in the final over.Watch reigning T20 Blast champions Lancashire Lightning take on winless Yorkshire Vikings in the Roses clash at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports 2 from 6pm on Friday. Also See: Worcs v Yorks scorecard Middlesex v Gloucs scorecard Hampshire v Kent scorecard Live cricket on Sky ' ' '

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