November 18, 2017

Player Ratings – Germany vs. Portugal

Jogi Löw’s men started the Euros with a bumpy 1-0 victory over Portugal. Here are the Bundesliga Fanatic ratings for each individual player’s performance. (1 being the best grade, and 6 being the worst grade.)

Germany

Manuel Neuer, goalkeeper 1.5: Varela seemed to have the equalizer on his foot a couple of minutes before the end of the match, but Neuer kept him out with a world-class safe. Neuer had a brilliant game from start to finish, and was one of Germany’s best players on the day.

Jerome Boateng, right back, 2: A late night flirt with a so-called model made the headlines a couple of days ago, causing Jogi Löw to take issue with Boateng’s behavior before the tournament. Löw told the German press that Boateng now had to deliver on the pitch, and the Bayern defender did just that in the 90 minutes against Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo was as a dangerous as a de-clawed cat for most of the 90 minutes, mainly because of Boateng’s good defensive behavior.

Holger Badstuber, centre back, 2: Solid in defense, didn’t have any problems coping with the Portuguese attack. A solid performance by the Bayern centre back.

Mats Hummels, centre back, 1: The Dortmund centre back was Germany’s best player on the day. Excellent in one on ones, a great distribution of the ball, and solid through and through. Leaving Mertesacker out of the starting XI was probably one of Löw’s best decisions on the day.

Philipp Lahm, left back, 3: People following German football have seen better performances by the national team’s captain. He and Lukas Podolski were both struggling on the left side, and were Germany’s weakest spot throughout the 90 minutes.

Sami Khedira, holding midfielder, 2.5: Very active throughout the match, was often times involved in attacking moves, and had a good day at the office.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, holding midfield, 3: Not a vintage Schweinsteiger performance by any stretch of the imagination. Did well defensively, but lacked bite going forward. Schweinsteiger still lacks match fitness, and this game clearly showed off his deficits in this department. Germany fans all around the world are probably hoping that Schweini will improve throughout the tournament.

Thomas Müller, right winger, 3.5: Struggled to get into the match in the first half, but kept fighting in the second half, getting better and better as time passed by. Deserves a lot of credit for his fighting spirit.

Mesut Özil, central attacking midfielder, 3: Played a few beautiful passes, but was ineffective for most of the match. The Real Madrid man struggled with a lack of movement around him, and seemed out-of-place from time to time.

Lukas Podolski, left winger, 4: Seemed to be motivatied, but whatever the parting Köln player tried on the ball didn’t work out. Podolski was dreadful from start to finish in this game.

Mario Gomez, striker, 3: Deserves a lot of credit for his beautiful header that gave Germany the win. Produced nothing else of significance.

Substitutes:

Miroslav Klose, striker, NA: Played the last 10 minutes of the match for Gomez. Very hard to give him a grade, given the small amount of time he spent on the pitch.

Toni Kroos, holding midfield, NA: Came on for the last six minutes for Özil.

Lars Bender, right winger, NA: Came on for Müller in the dying seconds of the match.

Portugal

Rui Patricio, goalkeeper, 2.5: Didn’t stand a chance on Gomez’s header. Had little else to keep out. A decent performance by the Sporting player.

Joao Pereira, right back, 2.5: Had a rather quiet game at the back. Didn’t have any problems controlling Lukas Podolski whatsoever.

Bruno Alves, centre back, 3: A solid performance through and through, if it wasn’t for the fact that he lost sight of Gomez for the only goal of the match.

Pepe, centre back, 2: The Real Madrid defenders game has a few weaknesses as fans of La Liga will be aware of. The German players on the pitch failed to exploit Pepe’s weaknesses today, allowing him to put in a very good performance at the back.

Fabio Coentrao, left back, 2: Very active going forward, as he usually is. Had most of the times no trouble defending. A very solid game by Özil and Khedira’s team mate.

Miguel Veloso>, holding midfielder, 2: Did well keeping out German attacks. Put in a solid shift in today’s match.

Raul Meireles, central midfielder, 2.5: Worked tirelessly from box to box, and was a valuable asset to Bento’s team, especially defensively. A great performance by the Chelsea player.

Joao Moutinho, central midfielder, 3: Was a very good defensively, as the rest of the midfielders around him, but didn’t create much in the way of going forward.

Nani, right winger, 3.5: Put in one dangerous cross that hit the bar, was otherwise missing in action for most of the game.

Ronaldo, left winger, 4.5: Was mostly kept quiet by an excellent Boateng. Had a couple of chances to shoot on goal, but that was it. Ronaldo has to up his game if Portugal wants to progress from the group stages into the quarter finals.

Helder Postiga, striker, 4: Put in a dreadful foul on Neuer at the beginning of the match. Worked tirelessly, but didn’t create much in the way of chances throughout his 70 minutes on the pitch.

Substitutes

Nelson Oliveria, striker, 4: Was as uneffective as Postiga.

Silvestre Varela, striker, NA: Spent too little time on the pitch to actually be graded, but wasted a massive chance alone with Neuer right before the end.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball and on the @AufstiegPod.

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