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Ozil named man of the match - but Kroos is Germany's pass master

1:11 AM IST 22/06/16
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The Real Madrid midfielder completed more passes than the entire Northern Ireland team put together in Die Mannschaft's win on Tuesday

Mesut Ozil was named man of the match in an impressive display against Northern Ireland but Toni Kroos was Germany’s pass master.

Joachim Low’s side dominated their opponents, with the Arsenal midfielder orchestrating attacks, but a fine performance from goalkeeper Michael McGovern kept the score down.

Mario Gomez’s first-half effort was enough to secure top spot for Germany, with Poland qualifying in second spot, and Northern Ireland now face an anxious wait to see whether they have done enough to reach the last 16.

Ozil misplaced just one of his 68 passes against Northern Ireland, but more impressive was a stat registered by Kroos.

The Real Madrid midfielder, who was sitting deeper in Germany’s midfield, completed 121 passes - 11 more than the entire Northern Ireland team put together.