The German under-21 national team started the defence of their European Championship with a convincing 3-1 win over their Danish counterparts in Italy on Monday night.
A brace from Marco Richter and a goal from Luca Waldschmidt put Stefan Kuntz’s side in cruise control before Denmark netted a late consolation from the penalty spot.
Here are how our players fared:
Alexander Nübel 6 – The goalkeeper was only forced into one save before diving the wrong way from Robert Skov’s penalty.
Lukas Klostermann 8 – The RB Leipzig right-back kept Borussia Dortmund’s Jacob Bruun Larsen quiet, whilst not venturing forward very often himself.
Jonathan Tah 8 – Denmark offered no threat whatsoever down the middle, with striker Marcus Ingvartsen lasting the full 90 minutes despite not attempting a single effort on goal all game.
Timo Baumgartl 8 – The German under-21 defence was secure all game. Neither centre-back had much in the way to do in terms of defending long balls or blocking shots.
Benjamin Henrichs 6 – The AS Monaco left-back had the toughest of night’s for the Germany defence as Robert Skov looked to threaten Alexander Nübel’s goals from out wide. Also picked up a yellow card for his troubles.
Mahmoud Dahoud 8 – Controlled the game for the 78 minutes he was on the pitch, without creating any chances. Mahmoud Dahoud’s three efforts himself failed to test Daniel Iversen in the Denmark goal.
Maximilian Eggestein 6 – Excellent assist with the outside of his foot for Germany’s opener but saw little of the ball throughout the game.
Arne Maier 7 – Saw a lot of the ball for what was only a 45-minute outing for Arne Maier. The Hertha Berlin youngster’s yellow card may have prompted Kuntz to replace him at half-time.
Levin Öztunali 8 – May have been disappointed not to get among the goalscorers with the number of efforts he had on goal, but Levin Öztunali was still a good threat down the right side of attack.
Gian-Luca Waldschmidt 8 – The striker got the goal he deserved midway through the second half and a sublime finish when one-on-one it was. Gian-Luca Waldschmidt troubled Daniel Iversen a number of times in the Danish goal.
Marco Richter 10 – Two goals and an assist in a man of the match performance that will get a number of scouts’ attention. Marco Richter was involved in 10 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances (17 starts) for FC Augsburg this past season but could use the Euro under-21 championship to kickstart his career.
Florian Neuhaus (45 mins) 7 – Half-time substitute who helped Germany dominate possession and territory.
Nadiem Amiri (22 mins) 5 – Replaced the man of the match for the final quarter of the game but couldn’t find the target with either of his two efforts on goal.
Suat Serdar (13 mins) N/A – Late substitute to help see out the comfortable win.