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October 11, 2011 6:00 PM BST
ESPRIT arena — Düsseldorf
Referee:‬ S. Moen‎
Attendance:‬ 48483‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Germany 3-1 Belgium

Joachim Low's men finished their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with their 10th victory from as many games

By Clark Whitney

  • Manuel Neuer
    21
    1
    3.50

    Manuel Neuer

    Had very little to do for most of the game, but never lost focus, and made a brilliant save from Lukaku when finally put under pressure.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    14
    4
    3.50

    Benedikt Höwedes

    Better than in his role as a substitute against Turkey. Did not offer much support for Muller on the right flank, but was a rock at the back, and an absolute monster in the challenge.

  • Mats Hummels
    32
    3
    3.50

    Mats Hummels

    Marked Ogunjimi out of the game, and frustrated Lukaku to no end as the Chelsea man was forced to run away from the box to get any contact with the ball. In 50-50 attempts, he won an incredible 31 of 35, and never committed a foul. Had one mistake as he was dispossessed from behind in the 68th minute.

  • Philipp Lahm
    16
    1
    3.00

    Philipp Lahm

    Quietly effective on the left flank, the captain kept the visitors very quiet in all his domain, and did so without having to make any spectacular plays.

  • Per Mertesacker
    15
    10
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Served as a "second line" of central defence as Hummels was the more aggressive man at the back, and accordingly had less to do. Coped well with minimal pressure, but was beaten to the ball by Fellaini as the Belgians scored a late consolation goal.

  • Sami Khedira
    25
    3
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Made some smart runs, picked out Ozil for the opener, and ought to have had a second assist on 45 minutes as he played a perfect ball in to Gomez. His simplicity and subtlety were just what Germany needed.

  • Mesut Özil
    64
    1
    4.00

    Mesut Özil Top of the Match

    Having struggled for some time at club level, the Real Madrid playmaker found his form in emphatic fashion. His opener on 30 minutes was an absolute gem, and it was his first ball that set in motion the events leading to Schurrle's goal shortly thereafter. Assisted Gomez early in the second half, and although he faded later on, was easily man of the match.

  • Toni Kroos
    10
    5
    3.00

    Toni Kroos

    By no means the physical and defensive presence that typically is Bastian Schweinsteiger, and occasionally left too much space in his wake. In possession, he was clean, and crisp in his distribution.

  • Andre Schürrle
    19
    2
    3.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Easily Germany's most dangerous attacking force in the opening stages, and was rewarded for his positive play and hard work as he produced a sublime finish to double the hosts' advantage. Dynamic, powerful, and technical, he made a good appeal for a first-team role.

  • Thomas Müller
    18
    1
    3.00

    Thomas Müller

    Not the star he was against Turkey, and played a quieter role as Ozil and Schurrle produced most of the attacking play from midfield. Did well in a limited role.

  • Mario Gomez
    24
    3
    3.50

    Mario Gomez

    Was unlucky to be denied a goal on 30 minutes, and should have scored on the stroke of half-time. However, he struck a brilliant goal to make it 3-0, and played a perfect ball to set up Schurrle's strike. At long last, Jogi Low needs not worry about Miroslav Klose's unavailability.

Substitutions

  • Marco Reus
    7
    5
    2.50

    Marco Reus

    Given 19 minutes to prove himself in his second cap, but was not able to replicate his club form on the international stage. To be fair, Germany as a whole hardly looked like attacking during the same spell.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    8
    3
    0.00

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Replaced Lahm for the final six minutes as he earned his first cap, one that ties his international future to Germany

  • Cacau
    4
    5
    0.00

    Cacau

    Replaced Gomez for the final 13 minutes, but was starved of service in and around the penalty area.

  • Simon Mignolet
    7
    1
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Made two brilliant stops to deny Gomez and was quick off his line to stop what might have been a second strike for Schurrle. Not at fault for any of the three goals scored against him.

  • Laurent Ciman
    2
    3
    2.00

    Laurent Ciman

    Struggled to contain Schurrle, and was caught upfield far too many times. On far too many occasions, he left his team-mates alone against a very dangerous German counter-attack.

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    3
    3
    2.50

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Less aggressive than Kompany, the 26-year-old had a decent, if uninspiring game. Was a bit slow to react in a few critical instances.

  • Vincent Kompany
    14
    2
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Will be very disappointed his team conceded three goals: the captain had an excellent performance overall, and was only (and minimally) involved in one of the strikes against his side. Rock-solid in the challenge, and made one particularly stunning stop of Schurrle in the early stages.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    6
    2
    3.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    The 24-year-old kept Muller quiet and was a real force moving forward. He sent in several dangerous crosses and nearly scored on two occasions, one of which was narrowly deflected wide.

  • Timmy Simons
    3
    3
    2.50

    Timmy Simons

    Hopelessly caught past the back line to make it too easy for Gomez to set up Schurrle's goal. The veteran was out of his depth, and often chased shadows.

  • Eden Hazard
    10
    2
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    In a few isolated instances, the 20-year-old showed just how great a threat he can be. However, he lacked support and was more often than not closed down by more defenders than he ever could hope to beat. As he and the team mature, the crafty winger will be one to watch.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    5
    5
    3.00

    Marouane Fellaini

    Was penalised time and time again, but never lost hope and scored a late consolation goal. A bit of a mixed bag: he was far too slow to the ball and clumsy in his tackling, but did manage to make his impact on the final result.

  • Axel Witsel
    6
    3
    3.00

    Axel Witsel

    Very active in the centre and never gave up. The 22-year-old was involved in more chances than any of his team-mates. Was also rather fortunate not to receive his marching orders late in the game for his bone-crunching, high challenge on Mertesacker.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    6
    4
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Rather ineffective in creating play from his flank, and conceded the ball too easily. Replaced shortly after the hour mark.

  • Ogunjimi
    6
    2
    2.00

    Ogunjimi Flop of the Match

    Was ineffective even when Belgium were looking the better team. Failed to hold up the ball, of which he saw precious little, and was replaced at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Dries Mertens
    3
    3
    2.50

    Dries Mertens

    Replaced Dembele for the final 26 minutes and had little more success than his predecessor.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    8
    8
    2.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Replaced Ogunjimi at half-time and worked harder for possession, but tried to do too much on his own and was almost always foiled by Hummels. Did manage to get the better of his marker on one occasion, but was denied by Neuer.

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Position
Ranking
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Striker
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3 0
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3 0
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
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3 0