Germany head coach Joachim Low expects the clash with Poland in Paris on Thursday to be decisive in the outcome of Group C.
Both sides made a winning start to the European Championship on Sunday, with the Poles edging out Northern Ireland 1-0, before Die Mannschaft overcame Ukraine 2-0 in Lille later in the day.
The Poland game is going to be decisive.Joachim Low
That sets up a potential group decider later in the week, with Low well aware of just how important gaining another victory could be later on in the tournament.
He told reporters: “The Poland game is going to be decisive as both teams have won and the result of that one will shape how the group finishes.
“Poland are a very strong team. We played twice against them in qualification, we lost away, but won at home.
“They have quite strong strikers with Robert Lewandowski, who we know well and who scores a lot of goals.”
Lewandowski was the Polish goalscorer as they were beaten 3-1 by Germany in Frankfurt in qualifying for Euro 2016, with Poland having earlier claimed a 2-0 victory in Warsaw thanks to strikes from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila.
Low may have midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger available to play a more major role against Poland, after he came off the bench to score the clinching second goal against Ukraine.
The delighted Manchester United man, who has been suffering with a knee problem: “After all the injuries something like this happens. I can’t play 90 or 120 minutes yet, but I’m feeling like I can play.
“I feel really good. I think if I stay healthy I’ll be able to play. I hope I can play some more.”
Germany are 4/7 to defeat Poland in Lille, with the draw 10/3, while Low’s side are 4/1 to go all the way and win Euro 2016.