Could have well taken a seat in the stands and no-one would have noticed, such was his inactivity due to Kazakhstan’s complete lack of a goal threat in the first half. His boredom seemed to catch up with him though, as two minutes after the restart, a brainless decision to run with the ball ended up with him losing possession and gifting Kazakhstan a goal.
The Kazakhstan frontline posed him no problems whatsoever, as he was not faced with any serious threats. Not a busy game for him.
Rarely had anything to do in a defensive sense, but though Kazakhstan’s goal was almost all the fault of Manuel Neuer, he did sell the keeper just a tiny bit short with his backpass.
For all intents and purposes, the German skipper played as a winger, such was the complete absence of any required defensive responsibility. He found joy down the right time and time again, and with an excellent run, set up Mario Gotze for the second.
Perhaps not as dynamic as Philipp Lahm on the opposite flank, but still rarely had any need to track back into his own half, and provided some decent support on the left. Went agonisingly close with an effort in the second half that just touched the woodwork.
The 22-year-old midfielder was always in control and never shied away from a shot, and came close with multiple efforts from outside the box in the first half. He would get his goal shortly after the half-hour mark, turning home from Mesut Ozil’s feed.
Powered home the opener after making space for a shot, and remained a threat throughout, coming mightily close to a second late on with a close range rebound that smacked off the inside of the post.
Quick to recycle possession with his more advanced team-mates, and found himself on the ends of a few half-chances, but was thwarted each time, most frustratingly with a second half drive that was touched onto the post by the Kazakhstan keeper. Still, an extremely comfortable outing.
As he had dome in the reverse fixture last week, the Real Madrid playmaker pulled all the strings, weaving in and out of traffic to put chance after chance on a plate for his teammates. Set up goals for Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus.
Proved an enticing option in a false nine role once again, as his interplay with Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus was a joy to watch. In the right place at the right time to turn home Philipp Lahm’s cross at the far post for Germany’s second goal.
Denied on more than one occasion by the woodwork and Andrei Sidelnikow in the visiting goal as it ultimately ended as a personally frustrating night for him.
Incredible in the second half as a catalogue of brilliant saves single-handedly prevented the scoreline from matching the thrashing that his team were receiving on the pitch.
Tasked with protecting the defence, but barely managed to perform in that role as Germany found countless opportunities when playing in his zone at the top of the box.
A terrible gaffe by Manuel Neuer gifted him and Kazakhstan an unlikely goal, as he fired into an empty net from 20 yards out. Encouraging in brief moments in the second half.
Came up with one or two key defensive plays, which set him apart from the rest of his defensive colleagues.
Try as he might, the interplay and movement across Germany’s front line simply posed too many problems for the Lokimotiv Moscow defender. Beaten by Philipp Lahm a number of times.
Had little control of his flank in the first half, as the likes of Marco Reus and Mario Gotze often drifted into his territory to good effect. Slightly more assured in the second half.
Put in plenty of effort in the midfield, and did not look as nervy and shot of confidence as a lot of his teammates.
Bypassed time and time again as he had no way of keeping tabs on Mario Gotze's elusive qualities as a false-nine.
Won a few free kicks in the second half, one of which led to Kazakhstan's effort that hit the post.
Struck the base of the post with a snap shot during a set-piece opportunity, but was virtually invisible otherwise.
Came close with an early header that flashed just wide, marking the first opportunity of the game. He had little say in proceedings thereafter, as he barely saw the ball.