Duisburg Arena was the place where Germany got a visit from Iceland in a World Cup Qualifier. We have tonight’s player ratings.
In what we already know as Joachim Low’s goodbye tour, Germany faced Iceland in the first World Cup Qualifier of the year. The new generation of players was ready to leave a mark ahead of their accomplished manager’s farewell. After winning the World Cup in 2014, it seems Low has nothing left to give and retirement plans sound perfect. While this happens, he needs to get some good results before his final game with the national team.
Tonight, Iceland was the rival to beat with a renovated squad filled with new blood. During the first half, we got an early lead with impressive goals from Goretzka and Havertz that gave the Germans breathing space. Iceland wasn’t able to respond to the high level the locals showed throughout the 90 minutes.
Gundogan is in the form of his life.
After the break, Germany was able to get more organized in the back with their defense. Not having Toni Kroos wasn’t a problem because they have Ilkay Gundogan. The Manchester City midfielder is currently one of the top midfielders in the world, if not the best.
Today, he proved to be in the form of his life with another cracker of a goal from outside the box. Pep Guardiola will rely on him to compete in the Champions League later this season. Up next, Germany plays against Romania and North Macedonia in the following World Cup Qualifiers.
Germany: Neuer (7), Rudiger (7), Ginter (7), Klostermann (7), Can (7), Gundogan (8), Goretzka (8), Kimmich (8), Sane (7), Havertz (9), Gnabry (8).
Bench: Neuhaus (6), Werner (7), Musiala (6), Younes (6).
Iceland: Halldorsson (6), Amason (5), Magnusson (4), Ingason (5), Sampsted (5), Bjarnasson (5), Gunnarsson (5), Sigurjonsson (4), Palsson (4), Trautason (3), Bodvarsson (5).
Bench: Gudmundsson (5), Sigurdsson (5), Sigporsson (5), Skulason (5).
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