Jersey swap: Henrikh Mikhitaryan
Mikhitaryan did a great job captaining his side in a tough situation. Throughout the match, he was able to release his teammates with some decent passes, but Armenia was just never able to string together more than a few passes before Germany’s stifling defense took over. Luckily for the former Dortmund man, his team still sits second in the qualifying group and has done very well up until tonight.
Der Bomber: Timo Werner
Werner scored a goal for the second consecutive match, capping off a four-goal first half for Germany in the 45th. The Chelsea FC striker also assisted Marco Reus’ goal in the 35th minute. He almost had another assist, when he could have taken a shot, but it appeared that he was trying to help Gnabry get his hattrick, but unfortunately the ball was cleared away. Timo appears to be heating up for Germany. Hopefully he continues to find confidence and composure in his finishing.
Fußballgott: Leon Goretzka
Goretzka was involved in almost every aspect of tonight’s match. He played a strong 90 minutes, managing the midfield and creating attacking opportunities. His magnificent assist set up Gnabry’s opener early on and he was involved in the set up for Gnabry’s second, before picking up a second assist on Werner’s goal in the 45th minute. Goretzka also tried to get a goal of his own with some ambitious shots from outside the box, two of which were on frame and forced Armenia’s keeper to make a save. Overall a great night from the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Der Kaiser: Jonas Hofmann
Germany’s defense didn’t have much to do on the night, but the backline — including Hoffman — were quick to clean up and potential danger before anything got to Manuel Neuer. Hoffman was also active on the wings, getting forward to help with the attack. He had two shots on goal, including his amazing strike from outside the box that came after a corner kick was deflected out to him. He had the perfect angle and placement to put Germany up 5-0 in the 52nd minute. This was Hoffman’s first goal for Germany.
Meister of the Match: Serge Gnabry
Bayern’s Serge Gnabry got Germany off to a great start with an early brace within 15 minutes. His first goal came in the sixth minute. Set up by an amazing assist from Goretzka, Serge took the ball on a half volley and skied it into the top netting of the goal. Less than ten minutes later, a ball from Reus was dummied (or whiffed on) by Werner and landed at Gnabry’s feet. He slotted another ball at the goalkeeper from close range, this time deflecting off the keeper’s outreached leg, off the far post, and into the net. Until coming off in the second half, Gnabry stayed active in the box, setting up more attacking opportunities for both himself and his teammates.