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Match awards from Germany’s 1:0 victory over Romania

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Second match in the qualifications for FIFA World Cup and Germany won again. See who won the match awards

Romania v Germany - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Jersey swap: Florian Nita

The Romanian goalkeeper had a fantastic night. He made a bunch of saves and held the visitor’s attacking players at bay. Surely if he didn’t put such a magnificent performance, Germany would have easily won with at least a 3-4 goal difference. He finished the match with eight saves.

Der Kaiser: Lukas Klostermann

A decent performance from RB Leipzig right-back. He was very active and did his defensive duties well. But he was also quite useful for Germany’s offensive play. He used the space well and almost always timed his runs perfectly. Emre Can was good today, but Klosterman was the best defensive player today. It will be interesting to see how will Germany’s defense cope with much tougher opponents than Iceland and Romania.

Fußballgott: Joshua Kimmich

Bayern’s midfielder was very active today, as he covered a lot of ground to numb Romania’s attacks. He did the hard work when Germany lost possession, and he chased the ball and often gained possession back. Kimmich almost scored a goal tonight, but his shot was slightly deflected, and the ball hit the woodwork. He had one key pass and had 90% accurate passes. It’s incredible how he improved his passing. Now, anything less than 90% accuracy is below average for Joshua.

Der Bomber : Leroy Sané

Another brilliant match from Bayern Munich winger. Most of the attacks came through him, and he is becoming the focal point of the attack. Unfortunately, he neither scored a goal nor did made an assist, but overall, he made his presence felt. He probably would have contributed more to his team if Nita wasn’t up to his task. His runs were perfect, with lots of speed and good technique. I have a feeling that Sane still has to work on his finishing move and try not to complicate his final pass or shot. Nevertheless, he was quite impressive tonight.

Meister of the Match: Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry continues with his good form after he recovered from an injury a few weeks ago. Serge, who usually plays on the wing, played again in the center of the attack tonight. He excelled again. He could have scored a dozen of goals, but in the end, scored the winning goal. He had some interesting sprints — one time he almost scored from a solo run from his own half. With his performance, he deserved the “Meister of the Match” award without any doubt.