Northern Ireland (4-5-1): McGovern; Hughes, McAuley, Cathcart, J Evans; Ward, C Evans, Davis, Norwood, Dallas; Washington.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Gotze; Gomez.
Referee: C Turpin (Fr).
GOAL! Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany (Gomez)
30 min: It had been coming. Ozil sends another delicious pass forward. Gomez cleverly pokes it on to Muller. He runs out of space to shoot, pulls the ball back to Gomez, who slots into the gaping net for his first international goal since the last European Championship. So simple, so effective from the world champions. And above all so unselfish from Muller to cut back – he could have shot even with the angle closing.
FULL-TIME! Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany
That’s the last act. Gomez’s first half goal ensures the world champions top the group, with Poland in second after they beat Ukraine 1-0. Northern Ireland finish third. Three points could be enough for them to get through – but they will need Czech Republic to not win tonight or Belgium and Italy both to win tomorrow night. Or a result to go their way in Group F tomorrow afternoon.
The Ulstermen defended brilliantly and Michael McGovern had the game of his life in goal – sign him up! sign him up! sign him up! – though they never threatened Manuel Neuer. Germany looked excellent at times but at others were ponderous. They could have scored five or six on another day.