Germany's assistant coaches Thomas Schneider (L) and Marcus Sorg (R) hold a press conference in Evian-les-Bains, eastern France, on June 23, 2016 during the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ
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The world champions slumped to a surprise 3-1 loss on May 29 in their penultimate warm-up game for the tournament in France but said that encounter meant little to them now.The Slovaks scored three times in nine minutes on a rain-drenched pitch in Augsburg that was barely playable.Germany, eyeing a fourth continental title, have so far yet to hit top form, having managed just one goal in their last two Group C matches despite myriad chances.Boateng was taken off 14 minutes from time against Northern Ireland and did not train with the team Wednesday.Germany played their group-opening 2-0 win over Ukraine at that stadium.
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