Alli vs Ozil head-to-head: One outclassed the other in five key areas

Hertha Berlin

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil featured in Berlin on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil went head-to-head on Saturday as England recovered from two goals down to defeat World Cup winners Germany 3-2 in Berlin.

It was a memorable night for England, with boss Roy Hodgson picking a youthful side to face the world champions and coming up trumps against the odds.

The Germans raced into a two-goal lead, with first Toni Kroos firing in from long range before Mario Gomez scored his first international goal in four years with a well-placed header shortly after the break.

But England staged a remarkable comeback as Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier scored the goals.

The three England scorers will no doubt receive their fair share of plaudits, yet the game’s outstanding player was Spurs ace Dele Alli as he completely outshone his Arsenal opponent Mesut Ozil.

  ShotsKey PassesAccurate PassesTacklesInterceptionsSuccessful take-onsFouls WonMins Played
Dele Alli 5 1 35 3 3 2 2 90
Mesut Özil 2 2 51 1 1 0 1 90

As shown by the table above, the two playmakers were heavily involved in the encounter but only one made a true difference in the final third and it was not German Player of the Year Ozil.

Alli recorded more shots, successful take-ons, tackles, interceptions and fouls won than Ozil over 90 minutes.

It is amazing to think that 18 months ago Ozil joined the Gunners for a club record transfer fee, while Alli on the other hand was playing League One football with Milton Keynes Dons.

It has been some rise from the young England international, and performances like this offer plenty of hope for the future as the Three Lions will look to build on this win ahead of the summer.

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