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March 22, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Astana Arena — Astana
Referee:‬ A. Kakos‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
 
 
Mario Götze 22′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Kazakhstan 0-3 Germany

Goal.com picks out the best of the talent as Joachim Low's side recorded a routine win over the Central Asian minnows

By Enis Koylu

  • Andrey Sidelnikov
    6
    1
    2.50

    Andrey Sidelnikov

    Made a couple of decent stops early on from Gotze and Draxler but should have done far better with the second Germany goal.

  • Aleksandr Kirov
    5
    1
    2.50

    Aleksandr Kirov

    Did his best to deal with Germany's all-star attack, but it was too much for the Lokomotiv Astana man, who often found himself outnumbered.

  • Kairat Nurdauletov
    5
    2
    2.00

    Kairat Nurdauletov

    Arguably the weak link in midfield, he was a virtual passenger for much of the match as Schweinsteiger & Co. controlled the game.

  • Mark Gorman
    4
    1
    1.50

    Mark Gorman

    Completely out of place in this arena, he was partly responsible for all of Germany's goals, found missing on each occasion. Will be eager to put this one behind him.

  • Victor Dmitrenko
    5
    1
    2.00

    Victor Dmitrenko

    Could not cope with Germany's interchanging attackers as Ozil, Gotze and Muller enjoyed a fruitful evening's work.

  • Heinrich Schmidtgal
    6
    3
    3.00

    Heinrich Schmidtgal

    Did well against some of his fellow Bundesliga stars, dropping back to defend well and coming very close to scoring with a shot that Neuer did brilliantly to tip wide.

  • Marat Khayrullin
    5
    2
    3.00

    Marat Khayrullin

    Was key to his side's second-half response, pulling the strings fairly well and trying to find gaps. Gave Howedes a hard time on a couple of occasions.

  • Yuri Logvinenko
    4
    3
    2.00

    Yuri Logvinenko

    His most notable contribution throughout was a yellow card for a nasty tackle early that produced a free kick with which Germany should have done more.

  • Maksat Baizhanov
    4
    6
    1.00

    Maksat Baizhanov Flop of the Match

    Out-run and out-thought, he barely touched the ball before being substituted for what seemed to be tactical reasons after 35 minutes.

  • Baurzhan Dzholchiev
    7
    1
    3.00

    Baurzhan Dzholchiev

    Perhaps his side's brightest player, he did a decent job of exploiting the space left by the marauding Schmelzer, and was the first of his team to test Neuer.

  • Sergei Ostapenko
    5
    3
    2.50

    Sergei Ostapenko

    Completely isolated throughout the first half, but made decent use of his lanky frame after the break without being wholly effective.

Substitutions

  • Ulan Konysbayev
    4
    1
    3.00

    Ulan Konysbayev

    Rattled the woodwork with a ferocious shot after Ostapenko's lay-off and looked to be one of his side's more threatening players throughout.

  • Valeriy Korobkin
    4
    1
    2.00

    Valeriy Korobkin

    Came on for Baizhanov and only fared slightly better, picking up a booking for a vicious tackle on Schweinsteiger.

  • Kazbek Geteriyev
    3
    2

    Kazbek Geteriyev

    Given a 10-minute cameo when the game was effectively over.

  • Manuel Neuer
    72
    7
    3.00

    Manuel Neuer

    Had a very quiet first half, but made a couple of good saves after the break as Kazakhstan livened. His stop from Schmidtgal was particularly impressive.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    66
    4
    3.00

    Benedikt Höwedes

    Remained untroubled before the break, but was caught out of position twice after the restart. Seemed to have a good enough understanding with Mertesacker.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    71
    5
    3.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Was an active presence on the left wing throughout, getting forward well in support of first Draxler, then Podolski. The left-back slot now seems his to lose.

  • Philipp Lahm
    65
    4
    3.00

    Philipp Lahm

    Did not shine as much as Schmelzer on the opposite flank, but was by no means a weak link, supporting Muller down the right well enough without abandoning his defensive post.

  • Per Mertesacker
    71
    10
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Led the defence well enough. Was never found out of position and remained calm and collected at all times, despite the noise of the partisan crowd.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
    161
    17
    4.00

    Bastian Schweinsteiger Top of the Match

    Continued his brilliant club form on the occasion of his 98th cap. Set up chances for team-mates, led the midfield well and grabbed a deserved goal.

  • Julian Draxler
    93
    5
    3.50

    Julian Draxler

    Looked fairly bright in his 20-minute appearance. Was unlucky to have to taken off after threatening with a couple of efforts.

  • Mario Götze
    138
    11
    4.00

    Mario Götze

    Put in a fine performance out of position. May have wasted one chance early on, but made amends soon after and had a hand in the third. Continues to blossom every game.

  • Mesut Özil
    245
    10
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    May not have continued his fine scoring record for Germany of late, but put in a typically good performance, controlling the pace of the game, setting up the first and third goals.

  • Sami Khedira
    103
    13
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Like Schweinsteiger, he saw off what little threat the Kazakhs posed in midfield in expert fashion, and was impressive when breaking forward too.

  • Thomas Müller
    114
    7
    4.00

    Thomas Müller

    May not have been involved in the game as much as he would have like, but made a decisive impact. He may yet try to claim the first goal, set up the second and scored the third.

Substitutions

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    75
    4

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Looked lively after replacing Khedira.

  • Andre Schürrle
    48
    3

    Andre Schürrle

    Drove wide in a late cameo.

  • Lukas Podolski
    88
    15
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Came on earlier than he might have expected and though he drifted in and out of the game, he put in a decent showing, getting a few shots away and causing some problems.

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