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Match awards from Germany’s 1:1 draw against Spain

The UEFA Nations League is underway, but it didn’t bring much excitement for fans.

Germany v Spain - UEFA Nations League Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Jersey swap: David de Gea

The Spaniard had a great match. He was often threatened by Germany’s attackers and he denied them a couple of times. He had seven saves tonight and most of them weren’t easy ones. In the end, he conceded a goal that he wasn’t able to prevent. Each keeper on both sides had a memorable night. Besides de Gea, Thiago Alcantara put on a noticeable performance, as well as Jose Gaya who scored the equalizer in the dying seconds of the match.

Tip of the Cap: İlkay Gündoğan

Manchester City’s midfielder had a decent match. He was very important for his team tonight. He was playing a more defensive role tonight, but he was also vital for Germany’s attacking play. He had 93% pass accuracy and one key pass, which is expected of a player of his caliber. His defensive playing was impressive, and he was often seen chasing down the opposing players and wasn’t afraid to get physical, as he made five duels and won all five of them.

Golf Clap: Timo Werner

Chelsea’s latest acquisition had a mixed match tonight, but he managed to score the only goal for Germany in this match. He looked more dangerous when he had a pacey winger by his side, but after Leroy Sane was subbed, Werner suddenly found himself far away from de Gea’s goal and was practically harmless in the last quarter of the match. He could have scored two goals tonight, but he hit the woodwork.

Standing Ovation: Toni Kroos

A very good match by ex-Bayern Munich midfielder. Whenever Germany attacked and tried to jeopardize de Gea’s goal, Kroos was involved in the build-up. He was rock solid when it came to defending, and his passes were top-notch tonight. He had 93.4% pass accuracy, three key passes, and six (out of six) accurate long balls. He is a commanding presence for Germany’s national team.

Meister of the Match: Kevin Trapp

Each goalkeeper from tonight’s match did their best. They both conceded one goal, and both of them could have done very little to prevent both goals. What surprised me the most is how Trapp remained calm under pressure — his passing was decent, his running and catching world-class, an amazing performance overall. He had four saves, and all four saves were made from shots from inside the box. Probably the most remarkable save was when Emre Can made an awful back-pass and Rodrigo took the ball and started running towards Trapp, who managed to save it with a Neuer-sequel run and a world-class sliding tackle.

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