Stuart Dallas was the best player on the pitch against Germany. And that’s not a sentence you’d normally expect to read on a Tuesday morning.
Despite sharing the turf with Marco Reus, Niklas Sule and Toni Kroos at Windsor Park during Monday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier, the Northern Ireland’s makeshift right-back was arguably the star performer over 90 minutes.
Dallas was a constant threat down the flanks, combining brilliantly with Corry Evans to justify his ‘Cookstown Cafu’ nickname in style.
In fact, if it wasn’t for some last-ditch defending from Matthias Ginter, Dallas might have produced a first-half assist for Conor Washington with a trademark burst of acceleration and drilled cross.
Instead, the Northern Ireland were punished for missing their chances in typically ruthless fashion from the visiting Germans.
A stunning volley from Marcel Halsenberg and a tidy finish from the influential Serge Gnabry sealed a 2-0 win for Joachim Low’s new-look, rather inconsistent side in a game where they were forced to live on the knife edge for far longer than they might have anticipated.
But Dallas still deserves all the credit he gets.
Marcelo Bielsa has done some incredible things in improving players performance levels throughout his career, but Stuart Dallas becoming an outstanding FB is up there— BA Analytics (@Blades_analytic) September 9, 2019
Stuart Dallas has been sensational so far!— Peter (@iEviZu) September 9, 2019
Stuart Dallas must be sick of putting it on a plate for strikers who can't hit a barn door #lufc— Tom (@__dgjjv) September 9, 2019
Stuart dallas tearing the germans apart— Lucas⚜️ (@lucas_accardo_) September 9, 2019
Germans just stepped it up second half. Was always going to happen. Stuart Dallas stand out performer tonight— Andy Neill (@andrewn133) September 9, 2019
Really enjoyed that #NIRGER game. Stuart Dallas is by far surprise of the season, he looked incredible. BPF like when he was at #lufc can make some great saves then poor positioning. Germany were a little disappointing. NI just lacked a bit of speed especially during the press.— BielsaCarajo (@carajo_bielsa) September 9, 2019
Stuart Dallas is so honest as a player and person. Mom tonight #lufc— Ironmanhunter (@ironmanhunter2) September 9, 2019
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