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Gomez starts for Germany against Northern Ireland

Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - German training session Ascona, Switzerland - 25/05/16 - Germany's Mario Gomez. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - German training session Ascona, Switzerland - 25/05/16 - Germany's Mario Gomez. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

PARIS (Reuters) - Germany coach Joachim Loew handed striker Mario Gomez his first start at Euro 2016 in the world champions' final Group C match against Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Gomez will play as a lone striker at the Parc des Princes with Mario Goetze returning to the left side of midfield.

Benedikt Hoewedes is replaced at right back by Joshua Kimmich with Germany needing a draw to make sure of their spot in the last 16.

Northern Ireland keep the same team who beat Ukraine 2-0 in their previous group game.

A draw will be enough for the Irish to cement a third-placed finish at least.

This would secure their passage as one of the four best third-placed finishers because they would have one more point than Group A's Albania and a better goal difference than Slovakia from Group B.

(Reporting by Patrick Vignal; Editing by Toby Davis)

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