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Germany 1-1 Spain: Player Ratings as last-gasp Jose Gaya equaliser denies Die Mannschaft a winning start | UEFA Nations League 2020-21

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Modified 04 Sep 2020, 03:43 IST
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Spain Player Ratings

Germany v Spain - UEFA Nations League
Germany v Spain - UEFA Nations League

David de Gea - 8/10

He was outstanding for Spain, and at least temporarily, has shut down the naysayers who thought he might not deserve a place in the starting XI anymore. He kept the game alive with vital saves off Kehrer, Draxler, Sane and Emre Can, which ensured that Gaya could drag Spain back into the game in the 95th minute.

Dani Carvajal - 6/10

The Real Madrid full-back was a lot brighter in the second half than he was before the break. He was able to link a lot better with Ferran than with Navas in the first half, and that provided Spain with additional impetus. Carvajal did struggle aerially against Gosens, as Germany targeted him with their out-ball.

Sergio Ramos - 7/10

He marshalled Werner brilliantly for most of the game, using his strength and power when he had to. Pau Torres beside him is still adjusting to life in international football, so the Spain captain really had to pull the youngster through with him as well.

Pau Torres - 6/10

He was caught out of position trying to win a tackle too high up the field, and left Sane and Werner with plenty of space to run in behind. Those are things that he will eventually get better at, given that his basics do look strong, with some good tackles and aerial wins.

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Jose Gaya - 7/10

The Valencia man did the star turn to get Spain out of jail, but even without that, it was a composed performance at left-back. He generally dealt with Kehrer competently, and got forward well, to support the likes of Ferran and Ansu Fati.

Sergio Busquets - 4/10

The Barcelona star continues to remain the pale shadow of the player that he once was. Even tonight, he was shabby in possession, gave it away in dangerous areas, and didn't really cover well enough defensively. He was replaced by Mikel Merino early in the second half.

Thiago Alcantara - 7/10

He was a master in helping Spain retain possession, and also helped them break ranks in midfield, with some terrific vertical passing. He made a crucial defensive block to deny Sane, when the German was certain to make it 2-0.

Fabian Ruiz - 5/10

It was a weird game for Fabian, as he couldn't really stamp his authority on it, despite having enough moments to do so. He could have brought Spain back a lot earlier than they eventually equalised, but Trapp came off his line to save well.

Jesus Navas - 3/10

The veteran really didn't have any impact on the game. His pace and crossing really weeren't what was needed for Spain from the start of this game.

Ferran Torres - 7/10

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Manchester City's new signing had a very watchable performance in this game, as he presented the German defenders with a challenge everytime he had the ball. He was quick, direct, and eventually, it was his cross that led to the Spain equaliser.

Rodrigo Moreno - 4/10

The Spain striker had a couple of golden chances to put them in the lead in the first half, but spurned them both. His link-up play, usually so reliable, was also shoddy, with a good number of misplaced passes.

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Ansu Fati - 7/10

The Barcelona youngster changed the game in the second half, after being brought on at half-time, to replace Navas. His direct running and dribbling caused Kehrer plenty of problems.

Mikel Merino - 6/10

He helped with ball retention a lot better than Busquets did. Merino didn't really do much in trying to break down a stubborn German rearguard though.

Oscar - 5/10

His only notable action after coming on to replace Fabian Ruiz was skying a shot from 40 yards out.

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Published 04 Sep 2020, 03:43 IST
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