Draxler hits like a dream: World Cup chances still intact

Julian Draxler is celebrating his 29th birthday this Tuesday. If experts had had to look ahead to this day at the beginning of the offensive player’s professional career, terms such as world footballer candidate would have been used.

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The reality is called Portuguese League. On the last day of the summer transfer window, Draxler finally decided to leave Paris St. Germain. After five and a half years in which the native of Gladbeck was almost never a regular player.

Now Draxler wears the Benfica coat of arms on his chest. In his third appearance for the Adler, he scored his first goal against CS Marítimo (5-0) on Sunday – and what a goal:

Draxler combines his strengths in one goal

The 2014 World Champion got the ball in the corner of the penalty area, pulled in, let several opponents run into space and irresistibly welded the ball into the net from a central position. Draxler’s first goal in almost a year. And one in which he combined his great strengths with ball control, dribbling and shooting.

If Draxler wants to jump on the World Cup train to Qatar, more goals are needed for regular appearances. Draxler has not been nominated for the current DFB course. In the next eight weeks, however, Hansi Flick will be watching closely how the ex-Schalke player is doing in Lisbon.

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