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Match awards from Germany’s abysmal 2-0 defeat to Austria

At least it cannot get worse from here, right? Right?

Austria v Germany - International Friendly Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Marcel Sabitzer

The former Bayern Munich midfielder rarely got his shot to play in almost two seasons in Bavaria, ending up in exile in Manchester United first before leaving for Borussia Dortmund permanently. Sabitzer has always been able to shine for Austria however and has a howitzer of a shot. The midfielder lit up the game with a fine opening goal, and Austria never looked back. Spare us a jersey, would you, Sabi?

Der Kaiser: Antonio Rüdiger

Germany’s back three did not shine for the second straight match, but it was good to see the Real Madrid man out there in solid form. Unlike Mats Hummels and Jonathan Tah, Rüdiger did not get dribbled past once. While the Borussia Dortmund man, Hummels, was the quarterback out of defense, Rüdiger made his share of long balls and was his usual stout, physical presence.

Fußballgott: Kai Havertz

Does Havertz count in midfield? Well, the Arsenal FC man will do for this game, even if he put in part of his shift in the forward line by the end. The second level of Julian Nagelsmann’s 3-4-1-2 did not cover itself in glory, but Havertz had a decent enough game as he learns the nuances and responsibilities of the role. His one (1) key pass bettered Leon Goretzka, İlkay Gündoğan, and Julian Brandt. It was just that kind of day.

Der Bomber: Thomas Müller

No, this is not a Müller fanpost. But on a day where Germany fashioned few chances at all, Leroy Sané took a red card, and Niclas Füllkrug was hauled off at halftime, the pickings are slim. The Bayern Munich veteran is in the unusual position of not being top choice for both club and country anymore, but is looking as determined as ever to give his all. When Müller is on the field, there is always at least one man with decisive attacking intent.

Meister of the Match: Kevin Trapp

You never want to see a goalkeeper get man of the match. That usually means his team lost, and he spared them further embarrassment. Such is the case today with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp, who was called upon to make five saves as Austria peppered Germany’s goal. How this is where Julian Nagelsmann’s Germany side has ended up after just a few games in charge is anyone’s guess, and now everyone will get a good long time to stew it over.

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