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Match awards from Germany’s 2-0 Euro 2020 Qualifying win against Belarus

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Second round of Euro 2020 Qualifiers for Germany is over and here are the match awards!

BARYSAW, BELARUS - JUNE 08: Leroy Sane (R) of Germany celebrates with Joshua Kimmich after his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between Belarus and Germany at Borisov-Arena on June 08, 2019 in Barysaw, Belarus.
BARYSAW, BELARUS - JUNE 08: Leroy Sane (R) of Germany celebrates with Joshua Kimmich after his team’s first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between Belarus and Germany at Borisov-Arena on June 08, 2019 in Barysaw, Belarus.
(Photo by Thomas Eisenhuth - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It was an important three points for Germany’s national team. It wasn’t a spectacular game, but Germany played with just enough strength to score two goals and secure a safe win. The German attack probably could have scored few more goals, but in the end, they were quite unlucky, with Leroy Sane hitting the woodwork! Without further ado, here are the match awards!

Jersey swap: Aleksandr Martynovich

The Belarus captain did what he could to prevent Germany’s attacks. Generally, he did his job very well with few notable clearances. His defensive teammates did also performed well, except when Marco Reus scored his goal.

Tip of the cap: Joshua Kimmich

The man keeps on assisting! It was a solid game from Bayern Munich’s right-back who again played as number “6” for Germany tonight. He had a good match, all in all. Kimmich seems to be getting better and better in midfield, although, I doubt that it will be his primary position for Bayern. He finished the game with two key passes and 94.2% pass accuracy.

Golf Clap: Matthias Ginter

Germany’s defensive line consisted tonight from Jonatan Tah, Niklas Sule and Matthias Ginter. The back trio had a more than solid game, but probably Ginter stood out the most from these three. Ginter was constantly going forward and hepling Ilkay Gundogan with starting some attacks. Ginter even managed to make an assist to Marco Reus with a brilliant pass.

Standing ovation: Marco Reus

Marco Reus — the oldest and the most experienced part of Germany’s attacking trio. His partnership with Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane was very good. Reus was regularly found in the box, but either Belarus’s defense was up to its task or he tried to assist his teammates and the chance got squandered. He did make a big impact on the match in 62’ minute when he cleverly ran into free space on Ginter’s visionary pass and, after a magnificent first touch, scored a sweet goal.

Meister of the match: Leroy Sane

It was a difficult choice for the ‘MOTM’ award since both Sane and Reus played equally well, but I’ve decided to give a slight edge to Sane. If he was a bit more lucky, be probably would score a hat-trick and bring the match ball home with him. It was clearly not his best day, but even on his average match, he is still one of the most important players for Germany. Throughout the match he was a constant danger for the opposition. He is definitely a player who can decide matches on his own. I’d personally like to see him playing for Bayern next season.