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Germany player ratings versus Japan

World: World Cup

R. Doan (75), T. Asano (83)

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Here are our player ratings (on a scale from 1 to 10) for the German team after today’s disappointing 1-2 loss against Japan.

Germany (4-2-3-1):

Manuel Neuer – 5
Pulled off an exquisite save when the scoreline was still 1-0, but could have done more to prevent Japan’s winner.

Niklas Süle – 3
Was expected to play in central defence, but started as a right-back instead at the expense of Thilo Kehrer. Didn’t contribute much offensively and made some crucial defensive mistakes.

Antonio Rüdiger – 6
Left a relatively solid impression as Germany’s defensive leader. Won plenty of balls and outmuscled the Japanese attackers on several occasions. Lost his cool a bit after Japan’s equaliser.

Nico Schlotterbeck – 2
Made some huge mistakes and should have done more to stop Asano from scoring the winner.

David Raum – 4
Did well to come forward, but his final ball wasn’t always the best. Became less involved as time went on and showed defensive weaknesses.

Joshua Kimmich – 5
Pulled the strings from the start of the match, but lost control as the game progressed.

Ilkay Gündogan – 7
Provided spark at times and was one of Germany’s biggest goal threats. Scored the opener from the penalty spot and hit the post later.

Serge Gnabry – 4
Put in a spirited performance, but wasn’t clinical enough and should have scored in the second half.

Thomas Müller – 4
Made his return from a long spell on the sidelines and had a rather quiet game.

Jamal Musiala – 6
Showed why he’s widely regarded as one of Germany’s brighest talents, impressing with his technical ability, but his finishing could have been better.

Kai Havertz – 3
Scored a goal that was ruled out for offside. Didn’t convince in the striker position and never really made his mark on the game.

Jonas Hofmann – 4
Leon Goretzka – 4
Mario Götze – N/A
Niclas Füllkrug – N/A
Youssoufa Moukoko – N/A

More about the match

FAZ and Zeit editorials after loss: “Boycotting made easy.”
Flick discusses reasons behind Germany’s defeat to Japan
Kicker Editorial: Flick erred in subbing off Gündogan
German players and pundits deliver unsparing criticism following loss to Japan
Japan come from behind to cause another World Cup upset
German players cover mouths in team photo ahead of Japan game amid armband spat
Confirmed lineups: Germany – Japan
Flick and Kimmich share thoughts on OneLove armband ban
Flick confirms Müller is an option for Germany’s opener against Japan
Confirmed: Sané to miss out against Japan
Musiala: “We have the quality to go far in the tournament”
Germany vs. Japan preview: Team news and predicted lineups
Kehrer speaks about favorite position, says West Ham move “paid off”
Gnabry: “We are in good shape”
Bierhoff gives update on Füllkrug after absence from training

More about the teams

Report: Arminia Bielefeld eyeing permanent transfer for Japanese winger
Germany learn World Cup Group Stage opponents
Eight players from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga included in Japan’s World Cup squad
Süle praises Flick: “He has a knack for creating unity”
Watch: German players train with 17 girls from 8 nations
REWE ends sponsorship deal with DFB in reaction to OneLove armband spat

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