Germany and Poland played the first 0-0 draw of Euro 2016 in a Group C clash in Paris on Thursday.
The winners of the match would have secured a last-16 spot in France but Poland and Germany created very little in a tight game.
The two nations have been made to wait for progression into the final eight, which has been shaken up Northern Ireland’s 2-0 victory over Ukraine earlier on Thursday.
World champions Germany had the majority of possession in the early stages of the game as they tried to break through a well-organised and compact Polish team at the Stade de France in Paris.
Toni Kroos had an opportunity to score from 15 yards out when Thomas Muller used his strength to dip into the box before pulling the ball back to his teammate.
However, the Real Madrid midfielder could not stretch far enough to get power behind his strike and the ball ended up falling wide of the target.
Arkadiusz Milik later linked up well with Robert Lewandowski in the first half, and on one occasion played the ball towards his teammate, who picked it up on the edge of the box before firing a shot, but Benedikt Howedes made a crucial block.
The closest that Germany came to scoring in the first half was when Gotze hit the post from just outside the box, but Muller, who laid the ball off for the 23-year-old, was offside when he received the pass from Sami Khedira.
After the break, Poland squandered an opportunity to take the lead when Milik fluffed an attempt from close range, which was put on a plate for him from Kamil Grosicki.
The forward needed to just nudge the ball past Manuel Neuer with his foot, but he instead dropped down to head it and as a result failed to connect.
Seconds later at the other end, Gotze fired straight at goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from around eight yards out after latching on to the end of Kroos’s low pass.