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Gosens Emerges As MOTM With 9 | Germany Players Rated In Their Win Over Portugal

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A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Germany get their European Championship campaign back on track with a much-needed 4-2 win over Portugal. The 2014 World Cup champions dominated the game, for the most part, coming back from a 1-0 deficit to register a splendid 4-1 lead around the hour mark. A second-half goal from Diogo Jota did cause panic but Die Mannschaft somehow held on for an important win.

Germany Player Ratings Vs Portugal

Manuel Neuer: 6

Manuel Neuer didn’t make any notable saves to deny Portugal from scoring goals. At the same time, the Bayern Munich veteran couldn’t have done anything to keep out the two goals from O Selecao.

Matthias Ginter: 8

Matthias Ginter played as an auxiliary right-back, providing the defensive cover for the marauding Joshua Kimmich. However, it was his attacking game that raised the eyebrows, with the defender producing some excellent crosses.

Mats Hummels: 7

Mats Hummels did an excellent job of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet. He used his experience and leadership to steady the ship at the back, before eventually making way for Emre Can around the hour mark.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Antonio Rudiger looked like a rock at the back for Germany during one-on-one situations. However, the Chelsea defender had his nervy moments, especially when it comes to dealing with Bernardo Silva on the right.

Joshua Kimmich: 7.5

Joshua Kimmich produced a solid display on the right hand side. He was culpable for recovering too slowly for the Portugal opener but the midfielder was competent in the final third, rotating possession well while assisting the goal from Robin Gosens with a sumptuous cross.

Toni Kroos: 7

Toni Kroos played a key role in helping Germany control the game in midfield. The Real Madrid superstar, though, perhaps wasn’t as useful as some of his teammates. He also struggled to influence the game after the restart.

Ilkay Gundogan: 7.5

Ilkay Gundogan was a real creative spark for Germany, particularly in the first half. He drove forward on multiple occasions, linking up well with his teammates and creating scoring opportunities.

Robin Gosens: 9

Robin Gosens was by far the best performer for Die Mannschaft. The Atalanta wingback made a myriad of devastating runs out wide, making life difficult for Nelson Semedo. He was involved in two of the three goals as well, including the fourth one which he scored himself.

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Kai Havertz: 8

Kai Havertz had a bad start to the game and was responsible for allowing Diogo Jota to make an excellent run on the counter. The Chelsea whizkid made amends, though, being involved in the equaliser before scoring one for himself in the second half.

Thomas Muller: 8.5

An all-action attacking display from Thomas Muller, who was heavily involved in Germany’s creative play. His movements, link-up play and positional awareness played a key role in helping his side dominate the game proceedings.

Serge Gnabry: 8

Serge Gnabry looked like a man on a mission right from the beginning. He was a menace for Pepe, in particular, with his mazy runs in behind the backline as he kept probing the opposition. His influence, though, faded as the game progressed.

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Marcel Halstenberg: 6

Marcel Halstenberg didn’t provide anything to the table after coming on for Gosens around the hour mark. He is certainly here to make up the numbers for Germany.

Emre Can: 6

Emre Can had an eventful final thirty minutes of the game after replacing Hummels around the hour mark. Avoided making a defensive error that would have helped Portugal get back into the game.

Leon Goretzka: 6

Made his welcome return to the pitch after coming on for Havertz during the final phase of the game. Squandered an excellent goalscoring opportunity.

Niklas Sule: 6.5

Niklas Sule made a few excellent defensive contributions during the final phase of the game.

Leroy Sane: N/A

A late replacement for Gnabry.

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