Jérôme Boateng and Toni Kroos played their roles better than the others in a mediocre draw where no one stood out.
No one was excellent and no one was great in an average performance that fizzled out after the first half. Boateng and Kroos were somewhat better but on the bright side, no one was awful.
Boateng played well at the back, probably even better than he has for Bayern in recent weeks. He looked quite solid at the back. He was his experienced self, not making errors and sticking to the game plan. He crucially blocked a Diego Costa shot in the 75th minute after the ball seemed, without a doubt, to end up in the net.
Germany had been blunt in most of their attacks up until the 35th minute, when Mr. Bayern came up with a well-placed, unexpected and absolutely un-Müller goal from just outside the box. He gave David De Gea and the Spanish defenders no chance, taking the shot almost as soon as he received the pass. He held up the attack well and assisted in creating chances that the team could have scored from in a more serious match. His effectiveness, however, simmered down for most of the second half, as did most other players on the pitch, when he was substituted for Leon Goretzka.
Kroos was probably one of the few Germans who did not do much wrong in play. His passing was effective as always, and he was confident on the ball. His set-pieces were great, especially after a chipped free-kick that served up a free header for Mats Hummels. His miskick in the 77th minute gifted Spain an unwarranted corner kick, a slight blemish on his night.
Ozil looked like he was playing in one of Arsenal FC’s recent games, sluggish and uninspiring. I actually expected him to take this game by the scruff of the neck and play better than, say Isco, on the other side. None of that happened, and it gets even worse when you put his performance into perspective with Isco’s. He picked up a bit in the second half, but it was not a massive improvement.
Well, playing second fiddle to Neymar certainly is not the way to go for a young footballer. That’s what it looked like from Draxler, who put in a far-from-threatening first half. He played like one who had just returned from a two-month injury layoff. His only bright moment came in the 46th minute when he almost scored with a finely placed shot, a shot David De Gea parried for a corner.
He joined the attack on a lot of occasions and played in a few average crosses. His shift was not as special as hoped, as he looked shaky at times in both offense and defense. His touches at times killed attacks, with his passing not up-to-speed to sync with his teammates. His mishit in the 77th minute gifted Diego Costa with a one-on-one that needed Boateng to clean up.
Hummels’ positioning was poor, missing his man most of the time leading to dangerous chances for the Spaniards. He was even at fault for losing his man Rodrigo in the 6th minute for the first goal. His long-range passing however, was much more encouraging. He created several chances in the game from defensive positions.
I wrote a few weeks ago about Hummels missing headers in a disappointing pattern, and he did so again in the 65th minute. He hit a free header against the bar when he could have either scored or squared to assist a free Thomas Müller in the box.
Kimmich was constantly pressed by the opposition, and at times he lost the ball clumsily. He showed promise but barely contributed to creating anything noteworthy.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
He had to be alert on the night, as Germany went to sleep at times in the game. He could hardly do anything to stop Rodrigo from scoring early in the game after poor positioning from Mats Hummels. He prevented a tap-in goal from Isco in the 57th minute after fine positioning and composure to block the shot.
Close, but no cigar.
Werner terrorized the Spanish defense with his speed on numerous occasions, getting to every ball and putting defenders on red alert, especially on counter attacks. The only problem was his finishing. He could have done much better with most of the shots he took, and even missed two sitter-headers in both halves.
I bet he would have scored those in the league.
The captain on the night was not as influential as he usually is. His passing was hardly accurate as was his tackling. He had a slight knock and was replaced by Ilkay Gündoğan in the 51st minute.
The midfielder came into the match to replace Sami Khedira and did not contribute much to the game in terms of midfield creativity. The game was in its dreary stages by then anyway, and it was not so much his fault.
The Manchester City attacker replaced Julian Draxler in the second half and slightly improved on the performance of his predecessor. That did not lead to much though, as the game died down gradually by way of attacks in the second half.
None, as this was just a friendly and no-one took it as seriously enough to earn any radical ratings.
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