The 23-year-old midfielder had not played in defense since his days with 1860 Munich but revealed that the experiment had been tried during die Mannschaft's tournament preparations
The Bayer Leverkusen ace is a midfielder by trade but was utilized at the back during the game in Lviv and as well as looking defensively sound, the 23-year-old also popped up with the winning goal.
Bender, who featured as a substitute in his country's previous two Group B outings against Portugal and the Netherlands, revealed that Joachim Low's decision to switch him to right back had not come as a surprise.
"That is not my position but I played there during the entire buildup," the former 1860 Munich man told ARD. "I should be humble. What is important is the team and that we continue to be successful. We have a positive spirit in our team. Apart from the goal, starting my first game [at the Euros] was something special. But I am happy I could score. That is, of course, a nice present."
Having topped the group with a 100 percent winning record, Germany will now take on Greece in the last eight.
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