Jersey Swap: Luis Advincula
The Peruvian right back ranged up and down his side of the field with Timo Werner and Nico Schulz having to work extra hard to try to contain that side of the field. On his goal, Advincula ran right past Schulz and finished in a super tight angle near post, embarrassing Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Tip of the Cap: Nico Schulz
Schulz had a super rough night on the defensive side of things, but let’s look at the positives. It was his international debut, and he somehow managed to grab the winning goal. He’s a hard working left back, and even though we hate him here at Bavarian Football Works due to him injuring Kingsley Coman in the Bundesliga opener, Schulz is a serviceable left back. However, it remains to be seen if he’s able to translate that to the international level. Based on his performance against Peru, that’s a risky bet.
Golf Clap: Kai Havertz & Thilo Kehrer
The 19 and 21 year old midfielders made their international debut for the senior Germany national team in this match. While it was a late substitution appearance for both players, it’s a step toward the two of them becoming more integrated in the group for which both players will be huge.
Standing Ovation: Timo Werner
Werner and Brandt got the start in the attacking front three with Marco Reus as Jogi Löw chose to rest players like Thomas Müller and Julian Draxler. Werner had his work cut out for him all night long, as Peru made a concentrated effort to attack behind him and target Nico Schulz. So, Werner was up and down all night long, and his fitness levels keeping him in the match for as long as he was. He’s going to continue to get the plaudits and starts for now under Löw, but he has the Meister of the Match chasing him down for that starting spot.
Meister of the Match: Julian Brandt
During Germany’s disappointing World Cup, Julian Brandt was a bright spot as a late game substitute. Against Peru, Brandt was an exciting attacker up top. His goal came after being put through on goal by Toni Kroos. He chipped the sliding goalkeeper and scored the opener in this one. It was his second goal in a Germany uniform.