July 26, 2021

EM 2021: Germany – France, the individual review

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The German national team cannot reward themselves for their courageous performance against France. An own goal by Mats Hummels seals Germany’s first opening bankruptcy at an EM. The highlights of the evening here in the video.

The German team ran and fought at the start of the European Championship – and still lost. Against world champions France too little succeeded in the attacking game, the defense was not always secure. Overall, there was too much mediocrity.

Dhe stake was right, the result not. The German national soccer team has lost their opening game of the European championship. In Munich there was a 0: 1 (0: 1) against the reigning world champion France. An own goal by Mats Hummels sealed the defeat.

The German players in the individual review

Manuel Neuer: At first the captain had little to do. When he was needed, Neuer was there: In the 17th minute of the game, the goalkeeper blocked a shot by Kylian Mbappé. In the second half, he wasn’t challenged much. Conducted his defense chain as usual and exuded security. Note 3

Manuel Neuer led the team onto the pitch as captain

Quelle: Getty Images/Matthias Hangst

Robin Gosens: On the left side of defense, he should bring his offensive strengths. Gosens succeeded in part, several crosses were dangerous, he appeared self-confident and dynamic. But he also played bad passes. Gosens acted aggressively defensively and was strong in a duel in several scenes. Offensive a win for the German game. The Atalanta Bergamo professional was brave and didn’t let the weaker scenes unsettle him. Note 3

Matthias Ginter: The professional from Borussia Mönchengladbach is very reliable, so national coach Joachim Löw relied on him instead of Niklas Süle as part of the defense chain. At the beginning of the first half, Ginter cleared well twice. But he was involved in the goal, the right side was completely orphaned. In Mbappé’s offside goal, he was not released. His colleagues sometimes asked him to be more aggressive and faster in the duels. That evening light and shadow. Note 4

Mats Hummels: The first tournament game since his return to the national team. And then an own goal – what a bitter comeback. It was the first own goal in German EM history. Of course, Hummels looked unhappy, but the crucial mistake lay in the entire German offensive of allowing this scene to emerge in the first place. Hummels then continued to play solidly. Important for the team in the build-up game, but the own goal overshadowed his good actions. Shortly before the end, he saved in the penalty area in dire need against Kylian Mbappé. Note 4

Antonio Rüdiger: Don’t play too lovingly and set an example early – that was what the central defender had given as a route before the game. In the first half he solved his task against the world-class offensive of the French reliably in phases, but did not win very many duels. Was lucky in the first half that Paul Pogba did not perform a drama after his “bite attack”. In the further course of the game he played solidly, but sometimes could have used the space better for passes on the offensive. Note 4

Joshua Kimmich: Couldn’t play in his favorite position in central midfield, Loew offered him as a flexible right-back. Moved on as always, gave lots of instructions and brought emotions into play. A fine line: he received a yellow card in the seventh minute of the game. Before the goal conceded, the star of FC Bayern was well in the middle and did not come out in time to prevent the cross. In the second half he lost a ball in a dangerous situation, the French were able to counter. Some of his corners should have been placed. Note 3

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The first urge phase of the French led to Mats Hummels’ own goal

Source: dpa / Alexander Hassenstein

Ilkay Gündogan: He kept winning balls in central midfield and had a good opportunity just before half-time, but shot past. Complemented each other with Kroos and tried to make out the spaces on the French defensive. Was annoyed several times when he was standing free and did not get the ball passed. Note 3

Toni Kroos: For him it was the 103rd international match – with that, the midfielder has drawn level with the legend Franz Beckenbauer. In the first half of the most important players in the German team. Kroos offered himself, distributed the ball, acted clearly and steered the German game. He made nothing of his two free kicks from a good position in front of the penalty area in the middle of the first half: One went into the wall, the other past the goal. In the first half of the game, the Real Madrid star was the most on the ball of all players (52 times) and had the most tackles (18). Even in the second half, mostly the boss on the lawn. Note 3

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Toni Kroos drew level with Franz Beckenbauer

Those: dpa / Federico Gambarini

Kai Havertz: The national coach decided on the Champions League winner from Chelsea and initially left Leroy Sané outside. Havertz, who turned 22 last week, ran a lot. But in the crucial scenes he usually lacked the necessary speed of thought or the luck. He was often playable, but always quickly lost the ball. Shortly before the end of the game, Löw took him off the lawn and brought Leroy Sané into play. Note 4

Serge Gnabry: Gnabry always plays – this sentence applies under Löw. He prepared an acrobatic chance for Ilkay Gündogan in the first half. In the second half of the game there was a huge chance – but Gnabry shoots Robin Gosens over the goal after a cross. Overall not as effective as hoped. In the final phase of the game, Löw switched him to Timo Werner. Note 4

Thomas Müller: For him, too, it was the 103rd international match and the first compulsory game after his return to Löw’s selection. The world champion had the best chance of scoring, but in the 22nd minute of the game, after a cross from Robin Gosen, he headed past the goal while standing free. He ran, fought, roared. But he couldn’t set the decisive accent that evening. Note 3

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Thomas Müller has never scored a goal at an EM

Source: Pool via REUTERS

Substituted without grading: Leroy Sané, Timo Werner, Emre Can, Kevin Volland.

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