Neither Germany nor Poland mustered much of anything by way of attack during Tuesday’s friendly in Hamburg.
With his Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid contingents unavailable, Germany manager Joachim Low opted to start a mostly inexperienced side against Poland, and while they looked comfortable throughout the 90 minutes they certainly didn’t impress going forward.
Following are ratings and analysis for the Germany players.
Half-Time analysis for Germany
Zieler: Had a pair of easy saves to make in the first half.
Rudiger: Had his goal-bound header cleared off the line.
Mustafi: Yet to put a foot wrong in his senior international debut.
Ginter: Sent flying after a collision with Peszko midway through the opening period.
Sorg: Did well to turn a dangerous Rybus attack behind for a corner.
Rudy: Spreading the ball around nicely in midfield.
Kramer: A few give-aways, but he’s been generally solid.
Goretzka: Superb track-back on Rybus, who was attacking Rudiger’s flank.
Meyer: Playing just off Volland.
Draxler: His set pieces have been mostly poor.
Volland: Yet to get a clear shot on goal for the hosts.
Full-Time analysis for Germany
Zieler: Substituted at the break.
Rudiger: Substituted at the break.
Mustafi: The Sampdoria defender justified his selection with a solid 90 minutes against Poland.
Ginter: Like Mustafi, the Freiburg defender played the entire match in the centre of defense.
Sorg: There’s a case to be made that he was Germany’s best player on the night.
Rudy: Distributed the ball nicely and won it back effectively when necessary.
Kramer: Played the full match alongside Rudy and enjoyed a better second half.
Goretzka: Substituted at the break.
Meyer: Couldn’t place his final ball on target.
Draxler: Tried to make things happen, but just not looking himself since coming back from injury.
Volland: Withdrawn after failing to create a single, meaningful chance at goal.
Ter Stegen: Was mostly a spectator after coming in for Zieler at the interval.
Gunter: Provided the odd flash of creativity, including late on when he pulled his shot wide of the target.
Howedes: Was Germany’s most experienced international on the night.
Arnold: Replayed Meyer midway through the second half.
Hahn: Operated as the lone striker after Volland’s substitution.
Jung: Had far fewer touches than he’d have expected.