Nawalka: I wasn’t worried

Poland coach Adam Nawalka insists he never feared that Germany would defeat his side in their Euro 2016 Group C clash on Thursday night.

Both teams had chances to seal the victory for their countries, however, lack of composure and creativity in the penalty area proved to be the deciding factor as the match ended in stalemate.

Nawalka’s men had two clear cut chances to go through on goal, with Arkadiusz Milik losing his footing on both occasions and failing to give his side the lead in the Euro 2016’s first goalless draw at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Germany were widely tipped as one of the favourites building up to the tournament, but Nawalka claims he was never threatened by the World Champions, before adding that a 0-0 draw was a true reflection of the match.

“If you ask me if I was worried about the score and if we were going to concede a goal, no I wasn’t,” Nawalka told reporters.

“We were controlling what was happening on the pitch. There were periods of the match when Germany had the initiative, but we were giving them that space consciously to move from pressing to counter-attacks. You could see that in the second half in particular.

“We had goalscoring chances. Those chances were worked out in a much better way than against Northern Ireland.

“I’m happy with the performance of the team. Their discipline and tactical awareness was at a very high level. Everything has been realised on the pitch as prepared.

“Like in the first match, the players put a lot of heart and ambition into this match and the results came.

“Maybe I couldn’t be fully happy, we didn’t score a goal. But 0-0 is a fair result and we are already thinking about the next match.”