The DFB team in the individual review
Manuel Neuer – Grade 3: Beaten early. Is powerless if you hit a goal. Even the notorious reclamation arm stays down. Otherwise his reflexes work. However, it is also little checked. The aluminum around it, on the other hand, is often put through its paces.
Niklas Süle – Note 2: The German Michelin man hardly loses a duel. The central defender shoulders the German back four. A sovereign stabilizer that evening in Leipzig.
Robin Koch – Note 3: This time Joachim Löw was in sixth position. Wins most of the direct duels, but only stands in front of the 0: 1 by Yaremchuk. His football class flashes before the 2-1 goal of the Germans. With the help of a chip ball into the depths, he leverages the entire chain of defense. At the end Werner says thank you!
Antonio Rüdiger – Note 3: Save against two Ukrainians in the 15th minute. The Chelsea player sees the yellow card in the middle of the first half. May therefore plan his Tuesday evening elsewhere, namely against Spain in the Nations League. Looks better than the game against the Czech Republic. All the more annoying now the ban for him.
Matthias Ginter – Note 4: Philipp Max’s right counterpart. However, he usually lacks the necessary dynamic on the offensive. Even in the backward movement, the Gladbacher unexpectedly often reveals weaknesses in the first half. Comes out of the locker room better, then prepares Werner’s second goal.
Germany – Ukraine: Goretzka prepares twice
Ilkay Gündogan – Note 3: Takes on the role of Toni Kroos. Plays calmly, likes to expand the game. A pleasure for laptop coaches, but often too sober for soccer fans. Definitely an important component in the German team.
Leon Goretzka – Grade 2: After a few minutes misses the first big chance after a typical Max cross. After that, he initially lacks the usual presence, and too rarely flexes his muscles in the Ukrainian Sturm und Drang phase. Prepares the gate of Sané exemplary. Then much improved. Also puts on the second hit. Often runs from box to box – nothing new in the east of Germany.
Philipp Max – Note 2: An enrichment for the German national team. The symbol of the storming left-back – Pep would be proud. Unfortunate, however, when the Ukrainians took the 1-0 opener when he cleared the ball at Yaremchuk’s feet. Then a little more carefully. In the 79th minute you find Goretzka in the middle, which, however, ends too centrally. Applies for additional tasks.
Germany – Ukraine: Sané and Werner meet
Leroy Sané – Note 2: The master of the hula hoop. His opponent Matviienko can tell a lot about it. It is easily wiggled before the equalizer. Unfortunately gives away the opportunity to double in the second half.
Gnabry – Note 4: Actually counts among Germany‘s most flexible hips, but the FCB player does not take place for a long time. Gnabry only has his first dangerous action in the 57th minute. However, Sané cannot use his pass in depth. Shortly afterwards chases a ball over the box for miles. A symbol for the evening of Serge Gnabry.
Timo Werner – Note 2: With his almost first ball contact, he takes a 2-1 lead with his head. Previously not a factor in the German offensive game. In the aftermath, too, he often lacks ties. Then Werner is suddenly there again and after Ginter-Flanke is 3: 1. He has more than fulfilled the striker’s task profile.
Julian Brandt – no rating: The Dortmund comes in the 76th minute for Timo Werner. Likes to walk between genius and madness. Joachim Löw recently stated publicly that Brandt had to take the next step. There is no longer enough time on the clock in Leipzig for that.
Luca Waldschmidt – no rating: Can play a little a few minutes before the end. However, had no more significant actions.