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Stats Viz: Mesut Özil runs the show against England

England had the superior chances, but Özil was the maestro of the match.

England v Germany - International Friendly Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

England and Germany faced off in a friendly Friday night. It ended in a 0-0 draw, with England having the better of the chances but being unable to finish them.


The star of the show, however, was none other than Arsenal man (at least for the next couple months) Mesut Özil.

Özil led all players in passes completed with 105, in completed final third passes with 40, passes that started and stayed within the final third completed with 19, and passes that advanced the ball into the final third with 13. Most impressively, he also produced a passing value added performance that is among the tops in my database at 0.68 (99.1 percentile).

Here is a map of all of his attempted passes against England color coded for the value added:


All game he had really just the one bad pass, in the 64th minute, that he didn’t complete and was a negative. Hopefully he can build on this game and take some extra confidence into the North London Derby.