Paul Pogba reminded everyone of his class in Munich
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France got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a flying start with a win over rivals Germany in Munich, having two goals disallowed in the process.
But who were the standouts in the group-of-death clash and who struggled to impose themselves? John Percy casts his eye on the evening’s events.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) 7
A quiet first-half for Lloris, who did not have a save to make but he was far busier in the second. Always alert and a reassuring presence, good in the air.
Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich) 7
Defensively comfortable, and always available to help out in attack, too. A worrying moment after a dangerous second-half collision with Gosens, appearing to suffer concussion but staying on the field.
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) 7
Varane’s reading of the game was excellent here, always appearing to be one step ahead of the Germany attack. Will be crucial at Euro 2020 for France.
Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St-Germain) 8
A colossal performance from the centre-half, who is forming a strong defensive partnership and understanding with Varane. Simple but effective.
Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) 6
Always attacking down the left and providing the cross which embarrassed Hummels. Tested in the second half by Kimmich but responded well.
Paul Pogba (Man United) 8
Another of those dominant performances that he seems to find easier to produce for France. With a wonderful pass which led to the opening goal, he was in control for much of the evening. Man of the match.
Pogba pulled the strings in the French midfield
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 8
Man of the match in the Champions League final, Kante underlined his enduring quality here with another tireless performance. Covered every millimetre of the pitch.
Adrien Rabiot (Juventus) 7
Plays a quietly efficient role, helping out the defence when Germany broke forward and leading the transition to attack. Under-rated performance.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 5
A return to the international set-up after six years out of the picture, Benzema had a quiet evening and was denied what would have been the killer blow five minutes from time by an offside flag.
Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) 6
Dangerous delivery from set-pieces and playing in a free role in front of Benzema and Mbappe, yet Griezmann did not present too much of a threat.
Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain) 6
Quiet for long periods of the game, yet suddenly sparks into life which makes him a constant threat to any defence. Had a goal disallowed.
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6
The 100th international start for Germany’s goalkeeper and his passing to the back-three was typically effective. Could not be blamed for the only goal of the night.
Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7
Presented with the daunting task of marking Mbappe but managed to make it an even contest. Some important interceptions and arguably Germany’s best defender.
Matthias Ginter, tasked with marking Kylian Mbappe, impressed for Germany
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Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) 7
Another player to return from the international wilderness and was unfortunate for the own goal. Did recover to produce a typically solid display, with a brilliant late challenge on Mbappe.
Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) 6
Big presence in the back-three, against a France attack who present a variety of different challenges. Could face a Uefa investigation for what appeared to be a bite on Pogba in the first half.
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) 6
Up against Mbappe and booked just seven minutes into the game for a foul on Hernandez. Improved as the game grew older and became more of an influence in the second half.
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) 7
Absorbing midfield battle with Pogba, he was one of Germany’s more consistent players. Drove his team forward in the second-half. Poor free-kicks from decent positions.
Ilkay Gundogan (Man City) 6
Never looked capable of nullifying France’s midfield and struggled to make his trademark bursts forward, too. Must be sick of the sight of Kante.
Robin Gosens (Atalanta) 5
Versatile and supposedly adept in midfield or defence, Gosens was surprisingly poor with his passing. Fortunate to escape punishment for the challenge on Pavard.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea) 5
This was another of those underwhelming performances from Havertz, who never seemed to grasp the intensity of the match. Disappointing and drifted out of the game.
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) 5
Remains a crucial player for Germany, despite his advancing years, but was starved of service in attacking areas. Never looked capable of making an impact.
Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) 5
Spent a lot of the game retrieving the ball deep in a bid to get Germany going. Should have scored early in the second half.