No-risk policy with Boateng, Spain fail to win Group D
Jérôme Boateng was subbed off with a minor calf problem in the 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Paris, but Joachim Löw sounded the all-clear after the final whistle, referring to the substitution as a precaution. "I didn't want to take any risks. If it's a torn or pulled muscle the tournament is over for him. I wanted to play it safe," the Germany head coach commented on Tuesday evening. Löw stressed at the post-match press conference that Boateng should be fit for the next match with the help of the medical unit: "I assume he'll be able to play in the Round of 16." Germany will contest their first knockout encounter in Lille on Sunday at 18.00 CET, most likely against Slovakia.
Spain dislodged from top spot
Croatia upset Spain on Tuesday evening, winning Group D. The reigning European champions lost 2-1 even though Alvaro Morata put them in the lead early in the contest, with Sergio Ramos guilty of a missed penalty. Nikola Kalinic levelled with the half-time whistle imminent, former Bundesliga pro Ivan Perisic handed Croatia the victory and the group win shortly before the final whistle. Thiago came on after 83 minutes, but was unable to add impetus in the remaining time. Spain, who lost their first European championship match in 12 years, will take on Italy in the Round of 16.