Germany fall to the Netherlands: Player ratings

The Netherlands gained revenge on Germany last night for their 3-2 defeat in Amsterdam by beating the Nationalmannschaft 4-2 in Hamburg. Optimism had been growing ahead of the game, but now the pressure is on to get a result in Belfast against Northern Ireland. Here we rate the individual performances of Joachim Löw’s side.

Serge Gnabry opened the scoring for Germany, only for the Dutch to capitalise on defensive errors with goals from Frenkie de Jong and a Jonathan Tah own goal. Toni Kroos levelled with a dubious penalty before debutant Donyell Malen restored the Oranje’s lead. A late counter-attack finished by Georgino Wijnaldum put added gloss on the win for the visitors.

Ratings:

Manuel Neuer (3.5): He took a bit of a risk early on against Memphis Depay but recovered well and wasn’t overly tested in the first half. He exuded his usual self-confidence and assuredness, produced a fine save to deny Wijnaldum in the second half, and was largely helpless to stop any of the Dutch goals.

Jonathan Tah (5): Probably a night the Bayer Leverkusen defender will want to forget quickly. He gave the ball away horribly early in the first half after a mix-up with Nico Schulz. The second half got much worse as he first made a hash of attempting to cut-out Ryan Babel’s cross for Frenkie de Jong’s equaliser, before scoring the own goal that gave the Dutch the lead.

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Matthias Ginter (4): The Mönchengladbach centre back had a tough night against Memphis Depay on the right and only won 50% of his challenges. He showed that he can play in the three-centre back system, but he needs to cut-out the mistakes- such as the mis-placed pass which led to the Dutch’s third goal.

Niklas Süle (3.5): He has been given the role as the defensive cornerstone by Jogi Löw and it is a role he is growing into. He supported Tah well in the first half but was let down in the second by his defensive partners. He had an impressive 94.4% pass accuracy, but his poor touch when pushed forward late on started the Dutch counter-attack for the fourth goal.

Lukas Klostermann (4): As an attacking force, Klostermann only really had an impact with Germany’s opener and even then, his shot was mis-hit. He had a better first half than second and could have perhaps done more to cut out the cross which led to the Netherlands’ equaliser.

Nico Schulz (4): He wasn’t as effective going forward as had been expected, although it was his run that led to the (harshly awarded) penalty for Germany. Defensively he didn’t look all that convincing

Joshua Kimmich (3): Pushed into his preferred midfield role by Löw, Kimmich showed his quality. His superb 30m long pass to Klostermann set-up the first goal for Germany and his positioning in the first 45 minutes was impressive. Went off the boil a little in the second period as the Dutch gained control. Much like against Dortmund in the Super Cup, was involved in an unsavoury incident when the Dutch claim he elbowed de Ligt.

Toni Kroos (2.5): Was quieter in the first period but raised his influence in the second and kept his cool to score the equaliser from the penalty spot. Showed once more that he is the central cog around which the team operates. He won 64% of his challenges showing he’s more than just a passing master.

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Marco Reus (4): Solid but unspectacular sums up Reus’ evening before he was substituted on 62 minutes. He passed up a great chance to double Germany’s lead just before half time when he failed to beat Jasper Cillessen in his one-on-one duel.

Serge Gnabry (2.5): The Bayern winger had another good game and is confirming to the Bundestrainer that he deserves to be a regular starter. Lively going forward, he was on hand to score the opener and didn’t shirk his defensive duties either.

Timo Werner (4.5): After his start to the Bundesliga season, much was expected of Timo Werner against the Dutch. He made a lot of good offensive runs but struggled to see the ball (just 18 touches in the first half). People who question his effectiveness for Germany playing out wide, will have more reason to question him after this showing. Subbed out on the hour.

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Substitutes:

Kai Havertz (4.5): Given half an hour of action, it is hard to recall anything of note from Germany’s ‘Wunderkind’.

Ilkay Gündogan (4): Like Havertz came on just on the hour mark with the intention of providing more stability and control to the midfield. This however didn’t occur and coincided with the Dutch gaining the upper hand.

Julian Brandt (-): With only six minutes of action, it would be unfair to award Brandt a rating.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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