England came back from two goals down to beat Germany 3-2 in the international friendly yesterday at the Berlin, Olympic stadium.
Mesut Ozil started for Germany and are three things we learned following his performance.
1. Can’t stop assisting
Ozil has provided the highest number of assists in the Premier League this season (19) and his international record isn’t too shabby either. The World Cup winner has now setup 34 goals for Germany and scored 18 in 71 international caps. The playmaker setup Toni Kroos with the opening goal – although his teammate did most the hard work scoring from outside the area.
2. Pass maestro
Ozil’s passing was as impressive as ever this time completing 51 passes at 94 percent and created two goal scoring chances one of which led to Toni Kroos’ goal. No other player that started had a pass accuracy to rival Ozil. The World Cup helped his side keep the lion share of possession (63%) with his accuracy.
3. Is Ozil influential?
Ozil was criticised for not playing an influential role in the England game receiving a pretty poor response on social media and by pundits alike. However, he did setup the opening goal, his passing was impressive and he contributed to attacking moves. It is also worth pointing out that Ozil only recently recovered from an ankle injury.