Germany returned to the top of Group D after two goals from Mario Gotze helped them to a 3-1 win over Poland.

The vital Group D victory came as a result of two early German goals. In that period, Germany had Poland on the ropes, and Thomas Muller opened the scoring with a tap-in after some swift passing, and it was two on 17 minutes when Mario Gotze beat Lukasz Fabianski at the near post.

It seemed that would be the tone for the match, but Robert Lewandowski's diving header showed that Poland could not be discounted from the match yet.

In the second half, Germany again controlled the ball for most of the period, but still created relatively little. Gotze hit the post just before the hour mark with a curling shot around Fabiankski, but took another 25 minutes before he could make it three, tapping in after Fabianski blocked Muler's shot from the edge of the box.

From that moment, Poland knew that the game was lost, and the remaining nerves in the home side quickly dropped away.

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