Germany look to advance to the knockout stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championships with a win over Poland in a match that will stream live Thursday — but surprising Poland also won their opening match, defeating Northern Ireland 1-0, and the counterattacking skill of the Poland side has the defending World Cup champions wary of being caught off guard.
“They have a team that is focused on a very quick transition game,” said German Manager Joachim Loew. “They are better than the Ukrainian squad because they have better players for that. They are one of the strongest counter-attacking teams that I’ve seen over the last two years.”
Germany cruised past Ukraine 2-0 to open their tournament, but the team looked slightly off their game, and though Germany has lost to Poland just one time in their last 20 matches, Poland features several players from the German Bundesliga who may have some inside knowledge of how to find weaknesses in the German game.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 15, 2016
In fact, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski plays the same position for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and has led that league in scoring two of the past three seasons.
Lewandowski did not let loose so much as a single shot on net during the Poland victory over Northern Island and will be looking to make up for lost time.
Watch highlights of the Germany 2-0 victory over Ukraine in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Germany vs. Poland 2016 UEFA Euro Group C table-topping showdown, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at the 80,000-seat Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside of Paris, France, on Thursday, June 16.
For viewers in the United Kingdom, the live stream gets underway at 8 p.m., and for fans in the Unite States, that start time will be 3 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Pacific.
A win for either Germany or Poland would effectively send the victor through to the Round of 16 in the 2016 UEFA Euros.
The two counties last squared off in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, facing each other two times. Poland won the first meeting by a 2-0 score to put an end to what had been an 18-game winless streak against Germany, who then went on to get even in the return match, 3-1.
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) June 15, 2016
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To watch the Germany Vs. Poland 2016 UEFA Euro group stage second match live stream, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices.
Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the match via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries the 2016 UEFA Euro group stage match, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Germany Vs. Poland match stream live online.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the Germany Vs. Poland UEFA Euro 2016 group stage second match can view the game using ITV Hub at this link or use the ITV Hub app which is available on Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain. The live radio broadcast stream from BBC Radio 5 is available in any country by clicking on this link.
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