The great match of Gosens, the difficulties of Semedo and the absence of Bruno Fernandes… Find the Tops and Flops of this match between Germany and Portugal (4-2).
Ruben Gosens did it all
The Atalanta piston absolutely blasted its left lane and made Nelson Semedo live an ordeal (see elsewhere). The Wolverampthon side suffered the entire encounter from Gosens’ angry climbs. He could have opened the scoring in a very nice way if Gnabry had not been offside (5e). He is the one who crosses and forces Ruben Dias to push the ball into his own net (35e, 1-1). He is also involved in the second German achievement (2-1, 39e). It was again he who centered in front of Patricio’s goal and allowed Havertz to make the break (3-1, 51e). He punctuated his enormous performance by concluding a good cross from Kimmich (4-1, 60e), a few seconds before leaving to the applause of the Allianz Arena.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a serious match
Unlike his match against Hungary last Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo did not take 85 minutes to get started. From the 15e minute, the Portuguese superstar conditioned the Allianz Arena and opened the scoring after a magnificent counter initiated by Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota. Not the most impressive goal of his career, but his race is a model of its kind. A goal that temporarily extinguished the Germans, who had yet started this match well. This is the first time he has scored against Germany, his 107e made with the Seleçao tunic. He is two lengths off the record for selection goals. “CR7” then offered a goal to Diogo Jota, reducing the mark (4-2, 67e). He improved the balls he had to negotiate, sometimes with certain technical gestures.
Nelson Semedo, nightmarish afternoon
He lived an ordeal facing a Gosens in a state of grace. He never knew how to fill the monstrous climbs of the German. The former Barcelona player was not necessarily helped by the rest of his defense and his teammates in the middle, but Gosens always found space behind his back. In these conditions, difficult to shine when you are a defender … From an offensive point of view, he sometimes brought danger and solutions but it remained rather marginal and anecdotal.
Bruno Fernandes, lacking in creativity
The Manchester United midfielder did not weigh on this meeting. Bruno Fernandes practically did not show off this Saturday against Germany, as against Hungary last Tuesday. He did not create any danger while the German defense was sometimes taken behind his back as on the first Portuguese goal. He left on the hour mark in place of João Moutinho who had the merit of hitting the free kick on the second goal of the Seleçao.
Antonio Rüdiger, never reassuring
The German defender is primarily responsible for opening the Portuguese score. He did not see fit to withdraw quickly after an offensive corner and left Portugal in numerical superiority on the counter (1-0, 15e). He was also very passive in reducing the Portuguese score (4-2, 67e). Rüdiger has never reassured his team when he is the most mobile element in this three-way defense.
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