Germany eye Pole position in second match
GERMANY stars Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos warned the world champions will only improve after seeing off Ukraine 2-0 in Lille to make a great start to their Euro 2016 campaign.
Kroos was named man of the match and goalkeeper Neuer made several key saves as Ukraine threatened to expose a makeshift German defence weakened by injuries to Mats Hummels and Antonio Ruediger before half-time.
However, Shkodran Mustafi's early header and a first international goal in five years by Bastian Schweinsteiger, deep into stoppage time, gave Joachim Loew's men a perfect start in their bid to match their World Cup success in Brazil two years ago.
"We played well and kept up our good standards in defence," said Bayern Munich's Neuer.
Next up for Germany is a clash with age-old rivals Poland.
"Poland are a very strong team. We played twice against them in qualification, we lost away, but won at home," said Leow.
"They have quite strong strikers with (Robert) Lewan-dowski, who we know well and who scores a lot of goals."