Head coach Joachim Löw fielded what was basically the German B squad for the friendly fixture against Turkey. An inspired Turkish side fought hard to equalize every single time Die Mannschaft took a lead, ending the game with the score tied at 3-3. Here are the match awards:
Jersey Swap: Efecan Karaca
Karaca was a constant nuisance to the Germans. He put in a relentless performance both in attack and defense. He often came in the way of the home side, disrupting their chances.
In attack, Karaca made several runs into the opposition third drawing a lot of attention and fouls from the German midfield and defense. Julian Draxler having already been booked, could have been sent off when he fouled Karaca in the face on one occasion. Karaca finally got his goal in the 67th minute after stealing the ball from Neuhaus to score the second Turkish goal.
Der Bomber: Julian Draxler
Leading Die Mannschaft as the captain, Draxler was involved in almost every German attack. He opened the scoring with a sublime chip past the Turkish goalkeeper, Mert Günok. He was the primary orchestrator of the German counter-attacks with clever passes, but Draxler and his side did not fully capitalize on multiple chances created in the final third.
Fußballgott: Florian Neuhaus
The midfielder had a decent outing in his International debut. A player very much in the mold of Joshua Kimmich, Neuhaus managed to hold the middle of the park and pull the strings for Die Mannschaft fairly well.
The night seemed to have been the perfect debut after Neuhaus got himself on the scoresheet putting Germany 2-1 up. That joy however, was short-lived when his giveaway to Karaca led to the second equalizer for the opposition. Nonetheless, a promising debut!
Der Kaiser: Nobody
The German defense disappeared when it mattered today. Giving up a lead three times never makes it look pretty, and it definitely wasn’t pretty today. Individual errors, lack of co-ordination, sloppy giveaways — Antonio Rüdiger passing the ball to an opposition player right in front of him — sums up the defensive performance. Shambles! B team or not.
Meister of the Match: Kai Havertz
The Chelsea man setup two beautiful goals finished off by Draxler and Neuhaus. Havertz displayed his creative potential on several occasions with well timed through balls, effective dribbles and dangerous link-ups that could have resulted in more goals for the home side had they been sharper in the final third.
Overall, a satisfactory performance from Havertz. The 21-year-old will find better returns for his efforts when the A-squad returns in the weekend for the UEFA Nations League.