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Czech Republic vs. Germany: Player Ratings

It wasn't Germany's best performance, but they got their seventh consecutive win and stayed comfortably top of their World Cup qualifying group. Here's how DW's Jonathan Harding graded Joachim Löw's team.

Joachim Löw tried out a new tactical approach that saw Germany play with just one holding midfielder. The longer the game went on, the bigger a problem that became.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6

A few good low saves from the back up keeper, but also an unnecessary punch that had Mats Hummels confused. Could do nothing on the goal.

Jonas Hector – 5

Positionally a little vulnerable at times and a little sloppier than usual.

Mats Hummels – 9

Almost single-handedly dragged Germany to victory. Pushed up perfectly to start the move for the opener, led the defense throughout and deserved his goal, which he took expertly.

Matthias Ginter – 5

Quietly did his job on an uncomfortable night for Germany's defense, but was grateful for Hummels' presence.

Joshua Kimmich – 5

Worked tirelessly down the right and his passes were often tidy, but sometimes errant. Relatively quiet for his standards.

Lars Stindl – 6

Should have scored a second for Germany after Thomas Müller's pass, but still showed solid understanding of his role in the team.

Toni Kroos – 6

Spread possession well early on to stretch Czechs and delivered a dime for Hummels' winner, but as Germany lost their shape he did too and struggled without support in a top-heavy formation.

Julian Brandt – 5

Quiet in the first half and then memorable in the second for the wrong reasons. Misplaced passes and poor one-on-one execution didn't help his stock on a night when he could have excelled. Replaced after an hour.

Mesut Özil – 7

Passing, movement and vision was excellent as he reveled in being the key man for Germany's attacks, but faded after an hour along with his team.

Thomas Müller – 6

Wore the captain's armband and looked far more like the Thomas Müller that Germany fans know than his club form of late. In a free role, Müller looked brighter but like his team, couldn't utilize the space as the game wore on.

Timo Werner – 7

Great run and finish for the opener. His movement was excellent and he might have nabbed a second, but as Germany struggled, it was tough for him to get into the game.


Antonio Rüdiger (Brandt) – 5 Came on after an hour to give more stability at the back, but struggled to provide as much as intended.

Julian Draxler (Stindl) – 5 Wasn't able to do much with 23 minutes off the bench to suggest starting him would have been the right thing.

Emre Can (Werner) – 5 Needed more than 10 minutes to conjure up some of his magic domestic form.

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