Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after scoring his side's second goal.
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Michael Probst

Germany takes out opening Euro win

WORLD champion Germany got off to a winning start in a quest for a record fourth European Championships.

The Germans did show some defensive frailities, however, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer forced into a number of saves to keep out Ukraine in the 2-0 win.

Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring with a smart header but Jerome Boateng cleared off the line and Neuer had to be at his best as Ukraine threatened.

Bastian Schweinsteiger added a second in second-half stoppage time seconds after coming on as a substitute but the scoreline flattered the Germans a little.

The Germans now face Poland which beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the other group C clash.

Arkadiusz Milik scored the only goal in Nice in the first European finals clash for the Irish in its history.

In the other game Luka Modric scored a sensational long-range volley as Croatia deservedly opened their Euro 2016 campaign with victory over Turkey in Paris.

Modric struck towards the end of the first half and his team created numerous chances to extend their lead as they dominated after the interval.

Darijo Srna and Ivan Perisic struck the woodwork while Turkey keeper Volkan Babacan made several good saves as Croatia opened its account.



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