World champions Germany got their Euro 2016 campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory against Ukraine in Lille.

Shkodran Mustafi headed the world champions ahead on 19 minutes before substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger secured all three points for Joachim Low’s side with almost the last kick of the game.

Ukraine did cause Germany a scare just before the break with Yevhen Konoplyanka forcing Jerome Boateng into a clearance off the line before Mykhaylo Fomenko’s side had a goal ruled out for offside seconds later.

But in the end it was a comfortable night for Germany, who kept their unbeaten record in European Championship openers intact.

Both teams are next in action on Thursday, where Germany will face Poland, who beat Northern Ireland earlier on Sunday, while Michael O’Neill’s side are next up for Ukraine.

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Group C

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Germany Germany 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
2 Poland Poland 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
3 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
4 Ukraine Ukraine 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
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