Netherlands come back from behind to stun Germany 4-2 in Euro 2020 qualifier match
Goals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah have goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win for the Netherlands.
- Netherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side Estonia
- The result leaves Germany on nine points from four games
- In the meantime, Belarus earned a stoppage time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first points
Netherlands scored four times in 32 minutes in the second half to secure a amazing 4-2 comeback victory against hosts Germany in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier on Friday.
Goals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah own goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win after Serge Gnabry had given the hosts an early lead and Toni Kroos had pulled them level at 2-2 with a controversial penalty.
The result leaves Germany on nine points from four games, three behind leaders Northern Ireland, who they face on Monday in Belfast. The Netherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side Estonia.It was a winning return to Hamburg for Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, who won in the port city against the Germans as a player during Euro’ 88, and a clear mark of his team’s improvement after they failed to reach the last two major tournaments.
“I told my players (at halftime) to stay in the game, not to give them so much space, control the ball better,” Koeman told journalists “That we should just keep going and we would get our chances. In the second half the Germans looked more tired and we benefited from that.”
“Overall we worked harder than Germany for this victory,” he said.Joachim Loew’s Germany side, undergo their own overhaul after a unsatisfactory 2018 World Cup first round exit and Nations League relegation, got off to a good start with Gnabry scoring on the rebound in the ninth minute.There was little to be seen in terms of attacks from the Netherlands but that changed after the break.They turned the game around within seven minutes, first scoring through De Jong in the 59th and then taking the lead courtesy of Tah’s unlucky own goal.
The Germans, missing several hurt players, including Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka, were struggling with the Dutch pace down the wings and were blessed to level with a 73rd minute Kroos penalty after Matthijs de Ligt by chance handled.There is no video replay for referee in the qualifiers.The visitors got revenge for their 3-2 loss in Amsterdam in March, striking through debutant Malen in the 79th after a quick blend left the German defence frozen.
Wijnaldum completed the victory in strike time and ended Germany’s 14-match winning run in World Cup and Euro qualifiers.
“We played below our ability level and ability,” Loew told reporters. “The Dutch were the better team and we deserved to lose. We went ahead but I never had the feeling that we were in control of the game.”The Dutch kept pressing and then we ended up playing high balls. That is not how we had planned to play. We will now need to analyse this game and draw our conclusion,”Belarus earned a stoppage time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first points in the other game in the group on Friday.