He was the player who laid out his thoughts most clearly after the 1-0 loss to Brazil on Tuesday evening. “We saw tonight that we’re not as good as we are made out to be and as some players believe,” said Toni Kroos after Germany’s first defeat in 23 games.
Kroos himself wasn’t as impressive in this rematch against Brazil as he was in the legendary 7-1 win in the 2014 World Cup semifinal, or even in the 1-1 draw against Spain, but he was still the backbone of the Die Mannschaft midfield and facilitated some dangerous attacking moves.
His open criticism in combination with his dangerous passing clearly went down well with the fans. With 27.1 percent of the vote, Toni Kroos was voted as the Man of the Match against Brazil. Defensive leader Jerome Boateng finished in second place with 19.6 percent of the votes, while Joshua Kimmich came in third with 14.3 percent.