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Euro 2016: Germany 0-0 Poland – Player Ratings

Germany were held to a goalless draw by Poland in the second round of fixtures of the group stage. Here's how the players fared:

Mesut Ozil Tomasz Jodlowiec
Mesut Ozil tussles with Tomasz Jodlowiec during the game

Germany and Poland played out the first goalless draw of the tournament at the Stade de France in a Group C clash of the UEFA EURO 2016. While Poland were let down by the profligacy of their strikers in front of the goal, reigning World Champions, Germany, were denied by a resilient Polish backline.

Arkadiusz Milik had the best chance of the game, but he failed to beat Manuel Neuer from a from yards out. Polish shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski had a blinder of a game, as the Swansea City goalkeeper put in an assured display and pulled off some brilliant save, especially from a Mesut Ozil curler in the second half.

Here are how the player’s fared during the game.

Germany

Manuel Neuer – 6.5/10

The Bayern Munich shot-stopper put in an assured display and was equal to whatever little Poland could offer in terms of goal-scoring chances.

Benedikt Howedes – 6/10

The Schalke man worked tirelessly down the right flank and provided an extra outlet for Joachim Low’s side in attack, but was let down by his crossing.

Jerome Boateng – 7.5/10

The 27-year-old put in a commanding display and didn’t offer Lewandowski or Milik the space to create much problems. The Bayern Munich defender made an excellent tackle to deny Lewandowski, who threatened to find the back of the net from the edge of the box.

Mats Hummels – 7/10

Replacing Mustafi in the starting line-up, Hummels marshalled the defence with aplomb. He was at hand to make some vital interceptions.

Jonas Hector – 5.5/10

Was solid defensively, but was let down by his crossing. Hector didn’t offer much in terms of attacking threat too.

Sami Khedira – 6/10

The Juventus midfielder was booked early in the game, but that didn’t stop him from asserting himself in midfield and the 29-year-old broke up Poland’s play and also shielded the defence.

Toni Kroos – 5.5/10

Kroos had a relatively subdued game as the Real Madrid midfielder could not dominate the game as he is used to. He did, however, drive his team forward, but was wasteful with his set-piece delivery.

Julian Draxler – 4.5/10

Draxler struggled to make his mark on the game and was eventually replaced by Gomez in the 72nd minute.

Mesut Ozil – 6/10

The Arsenal playmaker struggled to break down the Polish defence and was also let down by the movement, or lack of it, in front of him. His left-footed striker looked destined to find the back of the net before Fabianksi pulled off a wonder save.

Thomas Muller – 5.5/10

Muller failed to make his mark on the game and struggled to breakdown the resilient Polish defence. The 26-year-old has failed to find the back of the net at Euro 2016, something Low would be really concerned about.

Mario Gotze – 4/10

An underwhelming performance from Gotze in the false nine role as he cut a peripheral figure for most parts of the game, before being replaced by Schurrle.


Substitutes

Andre Schurrle – 5/10

Came on to replace Gotze in the 66th minute and despite flashes of brilliance was unable to unlock the Polish defence.

Mario Gomez – N/A

Replaced Draxler in the 72nd minute but couldn’t make the desired impact on the game.

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