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Germany player ratings vs Ghana

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Manuel Neuer (7): Not the most assured performance from the Schalke stopper. Looked unusually nervous on a number of occasions and messed up a corner. Made a big stop though to redeem himself.

Phillip Lahm (8): Probably the best German player on the night. Bailed out the defence on a number of occasions. Not really an attacking threat going up front though, except a few occassions.

Jerome Boateng (7): A lot more solid than Holger Badstuber. Held up on the left very ably. But attack wise struggled to make much of an impact since he had to consistently check back on his right foot.

Per Mertesacker (4): Awful performance from the Werder stopper. Lost numerous challenges in the air and his positioning was suspect throughout. Really needs to pick up his form.

Arne Friedrich (7.5): Bailed out Mertesacker on a number of occasions. Started moves by confidently moving the ball into midfield. Has really grown into this central defensive role.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (8): Swiftly developing into a midfield maestro. Schweinsteiger was cool and composed in possession, swift and deadly in the tackle and controlled the pace of the game, with his almost faultless distribution. Man of the match

Sami Khedira (6.5): As seems his forte, put in a lot of legwork in midfield. Ran up and down the pitch, covered the most ground and make intelligent forays. Needs to be imposing himself more into games and taking control, but that might be an unfair comparison with Michael Ballack.

Lukas Podolski (5.5): Quite shocking from Podolski. Was almost a black-hole in possession and made countless wrong choices; shooting when he should have passed and running when he should have shot. Put in zero crosses, although that might also be a consequent of Germany not playing a traditional center-forward. His 90 minutes on the pitch is a mystery.

Thomas Mueller (7): Not as effective as in the Australia match, but still had numerous bright moments and delivered when the going got tough. Made the pass for the Oezil goal and looked to make things happen. Put in a few decent crosses as well.

Mesut Oezil (7): Despite his absolutely wonderful goal, Oezil often struggled to impose himself in this game as he tried to free the shackles imposed by the Ghana midfield trio. Missed a glaring one-on-one chance, but redeemed himself later with a goal to savor.

Cacau (6.5): Worked his socks off and made several intelligent runs. But not the same threat with his movement as Miroslav Klose is, but that is mostly down to him being more of a second striker than a leading the line player.

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Written by quazi zulquarnain

June 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

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Germany player ratings vs Australia

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Manuel Neuer (7): An accomplished showing by the Schalke man. Had little to do in the entire game but when called upon was solid in his handling and distributed well.

Holger Badstuber (7): The picture of calm. Good passer of the ball and retained possession well. Defended stolidly, although had little really to contend with.

Arne Friedrich (7.5): Mixed it with Garcia and Kewell on a number of occassions. One of the busier German center-backs. Looked solid mostly.

Per Mertesacker (7): Quiet, unassuming game considering Australia hardly posed a threat. Lost a few headers and had to make a few risky tackles, but overall never unduly worried.

Phillip Lahm (8.5): Captain’s performance. Combined brilliantly down the right. Set up Klose’s goal with a great cross and rarely beaten to the ball by an Australian man.

Lukas Podolski (8): Willing runner, came short to get the ball. Whipped in dangerous crosses and played some super pases. Overall, this was the Podolski of old. And what a shot for the goal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (8): Stepped admirably into Ballack’s shoes. Retained possession with aplomb. The heartbeat of the entire team and not afraid to get stuck in there when needed.

Sami Khedira (7): Looked a little lost at the start of the game. Needed to step up to get a good grip on the game and did so in the second half, although the task was made easier by the sending off.

Thomas Mueller (8.5): Loew called him cheeky. Super game from Mueller. Ran the line, cut intelligently inside and combined superbly with Oezil and Lahm. And took his goal superbly. My man-of-the-match.

Mesut Oezil (8): Classy in everything that he did. The complete playmaker. Germany have not had a player like him in ages. Insightful, intelligent and with superb vision and balance. The complete playmaker. Now just has to improve his finishing; and cut ot the diving.

Miroslav Klose (7): Got his goal, but missed glaringly. Made some good runs that troubled the Australians and as always an unceasing worker. 11 goals in the World Cup now, 7 with headers. Super record.

Subs:

Cacau (7.5): A goal within one minute and 52 seconds of coming on. Took his first chance and generally combined well. Booked for diving and deservedly so.

Gomez (6): Did little of note, but in truth the service was lacking as Germany took it easy by that time. Had one chance from a Marin cross, did not make much of it.

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Written by quazi zulquarnain

June 14, 2010 at 8:54 am