Watch Germany Vs. Ukraine 2016 UEFA Euro Live Stream: 3-Time Champs Germany Look To Win 5th Straight Tournament Opener

Reigning World Cup Champions Germany begin their drive for a second consecutive major trophy when they open the 2016 European Championships against Ukraine in a Group C match that will stream live from Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France, on Sunday.

Germany have won the Euro competition three times out of the 14 tournaments so far, more than any other nation except Spain, the defending European champs who also have three trophies. France, who are hosting the 2016 Euros, have two titles and six other countries have one apiece.

Ukraine have never won the European Championship, and are considered heavy underdogs against Germany, who have won their opening match of a major tournament — either the World Cup or European Championship — four consecutive times.

But Germany must overcome a series of injuries that could make them vulnerable. The Nationalmannschaft will be missing İlkay Gündoğan and Marco Reus, with Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and center back Mats Hummels both questionable for Sunday’s Group C showdown against upset-minded Ukraine.

Watch Mats Hummels discuss Germany’s outlook on the 2016 Euros in the video below.

To find out how to watch a live stream of the Germany vs. Ukraine 2016 Euro opener for both teams, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France, on Sunday, June 12.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the live stream starting at 8 p.m., while fans in the United States can log in at 3 p.m. Eastern, noon Pacific.

While Sunday’s match will be the first between Germany and Ukraine in either the European Championships or World Cup, the two nations have faced each other five times, with three draws and two German victories. Germany have scored seven goals in the last two meetings, while Ukraine have scored four.

German superstar Thomas Muller will be looking for his first goal in what will be his sixth game at the Euros — even though the prolific Muller has scored three times more than any other Germany player in the qualifying rounds, with nine goals.

As for Ukraine, they hosted the 2012 Euros, qualifying automatically in what was their only other appearance in the tournament, but they were eliminated in the group stages

But despite heavy odds against Germany, Ukraine will be relying on defense and the counterattacking prowess of wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka, and a back line that allowed only five goals in 12 qualifying round matches.

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To watch the Germany vs. Ukraine 2016 UEFA Euro opener 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 Euros, 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. Ukraine match stream live online. A Spanish-language live stream of the game, “Alemania vs. Ucrania” is also available via WatchESPN at this link.

Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the Germany vs. Ukraine 2016 UEFA Euro opener for the Nationalmannschaft can view the match using BBC iPlayer at this link or use the BBC iPlayer app which is available on Google Chromecast and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain.

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