Germany’s youngsters really impressed through an excellent national team performance, in a big 6:0 win against Norway ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Mesut Özil was on fire this evening, and was most certainly not the same guy on the pitch for Arsenal lately. He was the perfect provider of assists, positioning himself ideally up front. He scored the first goal. He played a role in each of Germany’s goals.
He scored the third and fourth goals, making his way into the perfect position each time. Müller passed the ball back to him (a perfectly timed backheel) for the third goal Müller again crossed the ball over to him for the fourth goal, and he headed it in perfectly. His positioning and his work rate were fabulous tonight. The stadium erupted into applause as he was subbed off for Gomez (63’) and rightfully so.
He was an unparalleled leader on the pitch tonight. He tried to score early on (12’), but just managed to get the angle wrong. He provided assists for two of the goals, connecting well with Timo Werner each time. His attempts at scoring were just a bit off the mark, but he honoured the captain’s armband with true conviction. He was subbed off after the first half and the game slowed down noticeably after that.
He was super impressive, working hard all over the pitch, constantly pushing forward. He provided the assist for Germany’s opener, powerfully crossing it into Özil who slotted it home.
He displays excellent leadership potential almost every time he is on the pitch and tonight was no exception. He began to get a little more aggressive in the second half.
He was influential in the midfield, ensuring the game stayed in the Norwegian half, moving things along neatly.
He came on as a substitute in the second half but did not have trouble fitting in. The pace of the game had slowed down in the second half but so had Norway – and they were not at all intense to begin with. Gomez performed as a classic striker, positioning himself in the middle of the goal and attempting to score classic striker goals. In his classic manner, he did get his name on the scoresheet. He connected with a ball from Kimmich and threw a diving header forward to give Germany their sixth goal of the night (79’). Oil up your Gomez buttons for the World Cup, folks.
He scored the second goal of the night, and almost scored the fifth. He was all over Norway, moving the game forward decisively and taking advantage of the opponents total lack of presence on the pitch.
Marc André ter Stegen
He did not have a busy evening but when he was tested by Norway’s attack, he did his job well.
In a team that was collectively exquisite he was good, although he did let Norway through (very rarely), race past him as he was unable to tackle. He also had a bit of a brain-fart in the second half as he was unable to clear a shot effectively that ended up went just wide of Germany’s goal.
He did not have a very challenging evening but helped Germany keep their clean sheet. He looked confident and comfortable on the ball.
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