Marc-André ter Stegen
Brilliantly saved against Raheem Sterling after 25 minutes and the tie with his fingertips in the 90th minute, just as he saved his team from a safe goal or two against Hungary. It’s just fitting with his unfortunate relationship with the national team that he put in a strong performance but still has three goals conceded in his stats.
World Cup prognosis: Again the best substitute goalkeeper of the tournament.
Is by far the most used player under Hansi Flick, although many football fans probably can’t even name his current club. Came on to cover Jonas Hofmann against Hungary and played that role from the start this time. Cleared once well against Luke Shaw, but missed him on the first English goal.
World Cup prognosis: Apparently it always plays. Not just at West Ham United.
Cultivated his image as a talented but sometimes sloppy central defender early in the game, playing a pass unchallenged wide. Would actually be the logical partner as a left foot alongside right foot Antonio Rüdiger, who was set but suspended against England, but urgently needs to become less sloppy. The fact that he slipped before the English 2-2 and caused another penalty in the national jersey in the wild final phase of the game doesn’t really help him, to put it mildly.
World Cup prognosis: Too sloppy.
First saw a game that had to remind him of the game against Hungary in many aspects: tough in front, safe in the back. Then saw a game in the second half that didn’t remind him of Hungary at all. Spectacular at the front, uncertain at the back.
World Cup prognosis: Benefits from Schlotterbeck’s sloppiness.
Slipped after five minutes on the naturally perfectly manicured English lawn and that suited his not entirely stable form at the moment. Better as the game went on, got into his dynamic runs. With many actions, but also with many imprecise actions.
World Cup prognosis: Benefit from Löw’s still valid truth that you can’t carve full-backs.
Eight seconds before the half-time whistle prevented a German half-time without a chance to score. He did it with a long-range shot, which is worth mentioning in that many chances against Hungary were his long-range shots. Called for more offensive creativity after the Hungary game, could call for more defensive discipline this time.
World Cup prognosis: Only Manuel Neuer has a safer regular place.
Did what this team so desperately needed: score a goal. Did that after a referee whistle from eleven yards, but at that point it didn’t matter. main thing inside. Even before that with the most ball contacts and thus the center of the German game.
World Cup prognosis: Will also play if Leon Goretzka should be fit again.
After Hansi Flick described his line-up as a right-back as a tactical mistake, this time right winger. Just as logically, he was given preference over the weak Serge Gnabry. Engaged in his actions, very aggressive in the pressing, but the bottom line was that he was unlucky like all the other German attackers in the first half. Hurt himself in a too motivated attempt against the English goalkeeper, maybe that’s why he was replaced by Timo Werner at the break.
World Cup prognosis: Will play in whatever position.
As is well known, he has a British past and could have played with the three lions on his chest in this game if he hadn’t chosen Germany. Maybe that’s why they were overmotivated at the beginning and got caught twice in the ball, which is twice more than usual in a whole game. Came into dribbling situations in the second half where he can hardly be stopped except by a foul, which England’s Harry Maguire then had to promptly do in the penalty area – penalty. Then Timo Werner created a perfect chance, won the ball well before making it 2-0 and became the most efficient German offensive player at the latest. Before the game, Hansi Flick explained that Thomas Müller was set – but maybe there is still a place for Musiala.
World Cup prognosis: Actually in too good shape to put him on the bench.
How he assesses his own performance can actually be reliably read from the expression on his face when he was substituted. Didn’t look happy this time.
World Cup prognosis: apart from the England game, actually too good form to put him on the bench.
Did what nobody expected that evening: scored the goal as a German striker. It was even a very nice goal, flicked into the far corner with the left, and anyone who still wanted to look for the fly in the ointment could say that it wasn’t a classic penalty area striker’s goal, which you could tell from the fact that he shot it from outside of the penalty area scored. Made up for the penalty area goal shortly afterwards when he sunk with a dust collector after a Gnabry shot that England goalkeeper Nick Pope only let ricochet off.
World Cup prognosis: two goals are two arguments for a place in the attack.
Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry put up goals for Kai Havertz – Thomas Müller, Robin Gosens and DFB debutant Amal Bella-Kotchap also came in.