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Player ratings for Northern Ireland squad following loss to Germany

Player ratings for Northern Ireland squad following loss to Germany

Our man in France has given his player ratings for the Northern Ireland squad following that 1-0 defeat to Germany.

Michael McGovern; Evoked the spirit of Tommy Wright in Nuremburg in 1996, pulled off a string of magnificent saves to prevent a thrashing and kept Northern Ireland hopes of progression alive. 9

Aaron Hughes; Mesmerized by Germany's rotating movement and lofted passing but showed tremendous composure in the face of tremendous adversity. 7

Craig Cathcart; Sloppy ball intercepted by Boateng for Germany's goal, but otherwise defended intelligently and stoutly under intense pressure. 7

Gareth McAuley; Once again, our best defender. Never gave up and along with McGovern responsible for preventing the dam bursting in the first half. 7

Jonny Evans; Not as assured as in the previous two group games, understandably. Often pulled out of position and shape by Muller but never gave up. 7

Steven Davis (c); Flashes of his ability but like his midfield cohorts just could not get his foot on the ball and get out of danger with trademark slick passing. 6

Corry Evans; Struggled to get any traction in the first half, better after the break but this game largely passed him by. Subbed for McGinn (84) 5

Ollie Norwood; Outnumbered and overwhelmed in the shielding role in midfield, linked much better with Davis in the second half but to no avail. 6

Jamie Ward; Unsure who to mark early on, Kroos or Hector. Should have dropped deeper on the overlapping full back, who had a field day. Replaced by Magennis (70). 5

Conor Washington; Showed trademark pace and power early on but his composure ebbed away as the game unfolded. Made way for Lafferty (59). 5

Stuart Dallas; Took time to adapt and cope with the outstanding Kimmich, unable to get his offensive game going but tucked in to help Jonny Evans in defence. 7

Substitutes; Kyle Lafferty (6) for Washington, Josh Magennis (6) for Ward, Niall McGinn (6) for C Evans.