Mesut Ozil sets incredible new record
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has set an impressive new record while on international duty with Germany at Euro 2016.
The 27-year-old had an impressive performance against Northern Ireland in Germany’s final game of group Group C, being awarded the Man of the Match award.
It was, however, his pass accuracy that stunned the masses.
Ozil is usually one to try and break through defences and play those cutting passes that are always in danger of being cut out.
.@MesutOzil1088 had a 98.5% pass accuracy rate for #GER vs. #NIR. The best in a #EURO2016 game since 1980. #afc pic.twitter.com/Ex7gV6Z0Mh
— Arsenal news (@arsefcnews) June 22, 2016
Arsenal’s greatest creator completed 67 out of his 68 attempted passes in Germany’s 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. That’s a 98.5% pass ratio, the best of any player at the European Championships since 1980.
Broken down, the statistics become all the more impressive – 46 out of 47 passes were completed in the final third, while he successfully completed all 20 of his attempted passes in the middle part of the pitch, arguably the most congested.
While many look to Toni Kroos to be the man who controls and dictates the play, it’s clear that Ozil is more than capable of doing so himself.