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Germany v NI ratings: Smith and Thompson lead way on tough night against rampant Germans

Northern Ireland's players celebrate Michael Smith's goal, but there was little to celebrate beyond that for Michael O'Neill's men (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Northern Ireland's players celebrate Michael Smith's goal, but there was little to celebrate beyond that for Michael O'Neill's men (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)

By Steven Beacom

It was a difficult night for Northern Ireland in Germany as they shipped a record defeat under Michael O'Neill with a 6-1 loss in Frankfurt.

But how did the team rate in the game? Here's Steven Beacom's thoughts on the displays from the men in green at the Commerzbank-Arena:

BAILEY PEACOCK-FARRELL: Produced fabulous saves from Serge Gnabry and Toni Kroos in either half but the young goalkeeper could do little about the goals that flew past him. 6

MICHAEL SMITH: Scored a magnificent early goal from 25 yards in a glorious moment. Stretched in defence however as German left-back Jonas Hector surged forward at will. 7

CRAIG CATHCART: Earning his 50th cap tried to use his experience at the back but the Germans just kept on coming and the Watford ace couldn’t keep them at bay. 6

TOM FLANAGAN: Not easy replacing a high quality defender like Jonny Evans. Tough night for the Sunderland man. Caught out badly for Gnabry’s hat-trick goal. 6

SHANE FERGUSON: Worked diligently at left-back. Made some telling blocks and clearances in the opening 45 minutes but faded as the game wore on. 6

PADDY McNAIR: Started in lively fashion though like most of his team-mates his influence in Frankfurt dwindled with the home side dominating possession. 6

CORRY EVANS: Typical commitment from the Blackburn ace. Early on won the ball high up the pitch to create an opening. Soon after Germany took control. 6

STEVEN DAVIS: Northern Ireland are at their best when Davis is dictating play. He never got a chance against the Germans. Worked hard off the ball as always. 6

GEORGE SAVILLE: Likes to get involved but the more the qualifier went on the harder it became to do that. Never lacks effort in a green shirt. 6

JORDAN THOMPSON: What an experience for the Blackpool ace to battle with the great Toni Kroos. Put himself about in midfield and enjoyed a few eye-catching moments. 7

JOSH MAGENNIS: On his 50th international appearance, the Hull striker fought hard and held the ball up well in the first half but hardly got a kick in the second. 6

Replacements

CONOR McLAUGHLIN (for Evans 65): Brought on as wing-back to try and stem the flow. 5

LIAM BOYCE (for McNair 76): Found it difficult to make an impact as a late substitute. 5

SHAYNE LAVERY (for Magennis 83): Little time for the Linfield front man to impress. 5

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