Germany vs Poland player ratings: Did anyone shine in the first stalemate of Euro 2016?

17 Jun

Germany and Poland drew 0-0 in Paris on Thursday night to leave Group C of Euro 2016 finely balanced.

Their stalemate – the first of this year’s finals – leaves both teams level on four points at the top of the group, a point clear of Northern Ireland.

World champions Germany struggled to build momentum, and manager Joachim Low’s decision to start without a recognised striker also often left them without a focal point.

They enjoyed significant spells of possession without consistently threatening, while fine defending from Jerome Boateng denied Robert Lewandowski at the other end.

Striker Arkadiusz Milik wasted two opportunities, as Mesut Ozil impressively tested Poland’s Lukasz Fabianski with a 69th-minute curling effort from just inside the area.

But which players achieved top marks? Have a read of our ratings and let us know what you think in the comments section below.



Manuel Neuer Didn’t have a single shot on target to save, but often swept up trouble in trademark fashion. 6/10

Benedikt Howedes Responsible for a tremendous first half block, he occasionally looked like a centre-back filling in at right-back. 6/10

Jerome Boateng Another solid showing against his Bayern Munich teammate Lewandowski. Only a booking marred his night. 7/10


Mats Hummels Back in the team after injury and grew into the game. Contributed with a number of fine tackles and interceptions. 7/10

Jonas Hector The left-back dealt well with the threat of Blaszczykowski, and got forward to support Draxler. 6/10

Sami Khedira An incredibly early booking and a first half knock threatened to halt his evening’s work, but he recovered to help protect his defence. 6/10

Toni Kroos A quieter night for the Real Madrid midfielder after his heroics against Ukraine, he nevertheless controlled much of the play. 7/10

Thomas Muller Put himself about against Piszczek and Pazdan, but has yet to prove himself a goal threat at the Euros. 6/10


Mesut Ozil An increasingly frustrated figure. The lack of movement in front of him made it hard to create. 5/10

Julian Draxler Faded after a bright start in which he set up Gotze for a header, he was eventually subbed. 5/10

Mario Gotze Another fruitless night in the false nine role, the World Cup winner missed an early header and barely got another look in. 5/10



Lukasz Fabianski In for the injured Szczesny, he was a safe pair of hands after a slightly shaky start. 6/10

Lukasz Piszczek Surprisingly caught out in defence early on, he was unable to get forward in the manner he thrives. 6/10

Kamil Glik Cleared up early on when panic struck, and remained calm to the end. 7/10


Michal Pazdan The bullish defender was uncompromising in his dealings with Gotze, Muller and co. 7/10

Artur Jedrzejczyk The left-back contributed to a second Poland clean sheet at the tournament with a steady display. 6/10

Jakub Blaszczykowski The former Bundesliga star utilised his experience on the right flank before his removal with ten minutes to play. 6/10

Grzegorz Krychowiak Won a number of loose balls in midfield, and kept his position throughout to stifle Kroos and Ozil. 7/10

Krzysztof Maczynski Worked hard in front of the back four, and rarely misplaced a pass. 7/10

Kamil Grosicki Produced a number of great deliveries from the left before running out of steam. 7/10


Arkadiusz Milik The star of matchday one, he will be remembered here for missing numerous chances – including a gilt-edged one – despite some good build-up play. 5/10

Robert Lewandowski Kept under wraps by his Bundesliga colleagues, the striker had few opportunities to face up to goal. 6/10

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