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Praise for Boateng

Neuer: Scotland won't be easy

Mario Götze as double scorer and Thomas Müller with one goal and one assist received top marks for their attacking play. But two other Bayern pros were crucial for the Germans' most recent success as well: Jérôme Boateng and Manuel Neuer helped bring home the 3-1 victory over Poland on Friday.

“99 out of 100 keepers probably won't save the ball, but against Manu it happens from time to time,” said FCB striker Robert Lewandowski, who almost scored the 2-2 equaliser shortly before the break, but failed to get the ball past Neuer. In front of the keeper Jérôme Boateng proved to be hard-edged in one-on-ones, with precise passes.

Boateng is “a world-class central defender,” commented head coach Joachim Löw before the third-to-last Euro 2016 qualifier away to Scotland. The Munich man is “on an incredibly high level in terms of defence,” but simultaneously “crucial for our attack.”

'We have to fight'

Neuer listed Boateng's qualities: speed, strength, aerial power and passes. “He's got everything. He can hurt his opponents because he can pass the ball into the second or third zone, overcoming four or five players at once.”

Boateng's and Neuer's qualities will be important for Germany at Glasgow's Hampden Park on Monday. “I've never played here, I'm looking forward to the atmosphere,” said Neuer the day before the match. THE Bayern keeper expects that “it won't be an easy game” against the Scots: “They will certainly give everything they've got. We have to fight.”

With their victory over Poland on Friday the Germans took the lead in their Euro 2016 qualifying group. “We don't want to give it away,” stressed Boateng. Perhaps even more will be possible: if Georgia win away to Ireland and the Germans beat Scotland, qualification for next summer's European Championship could be secured before the last two matchdays.