Netherlands shine in 4-2 away win over Germany
Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (L) tries to elude Germany's Joshua Kimmich during a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 6. EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER
Donyell Malen (R) of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal against Germany during a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 6. EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER
Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon (L) battles Germany's Serge Gnabry (R) during a EURO 2020 qualifier in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 6. EFE/EPA/DAVID HECKER
Hamburg, Germany, Sep 6 (efe-epa).- The Netherlands upset Germany 4-2 here Friday to move within striking distance of Die Mannschaft in the fight to advance to the 2020 European Championship tournament from Group C.
The Dutch, who last won an official match in Germany 17 years ago, are third in the group with 6 points from three matches.
Germany hold second place with 9 points from four games, while Northern Ireland have won all four of their matches so far to lead Group C with 12 points.
For the Dutch side, besting the Germans at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion took away some of the sting from their earlier loss to Germany in Amsterdam.
The visitors, desperately in need in points, took the match to Germany from the start and dominated possession in the early going. But the Dutch created only one decent chance - a Memphis Depay effort - before conceding to the hosts in the 9th minute.
The play began with Joshua Kimmich's pass from midfield to Lukas Klostermann, who stormed into the box and let loose. His shot hit Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, but the rebound fell to Serge Gnabry and he hammered it home for the 1-0.
And it took a great play by Cillessen to stop Marco Reus from making it 2-0 three minutes before half-time.
The Dutch quickened the pace in the second half and began to punch holes in the German defense. A shot by Georginio Wijnaldum from point-blank range in the 56th minute that tested Manuel Neuer was a harbinger of things to come.
The equalizer came just before the hour mark on a goal by Frenkie de Jong off Ryan Babel's cross.
German coach Joachim Löw reacted by making a double-change: replacing Reus and Timo Werner with Ilkay Gündogan and Kai Havertz, respectively.
Yet things only got worse for the home side, as German defender Jonathan Tah managed to put the ball in his own net in the 66th minute after Neuer turned aside a header by Virgil van Dijk.
Down 2-1, Germany pulled level in the 73rd minute when Toni Kroos converted a dubious penalty.
With 11 minutes left in regulation, the Netherlands went ahead to stay with a goal by 20-year-old Donyell Malen, making his debut with the squad.
Wijnaldum added an insurance goal in stoppage time.
Germany: Neuer; Süle, Tah, Ginter (Brandt, m.84); Klostermann, Kimmich, Kroos, Schulz; Gnabry, Werner (Havertz, m. 61), Reus (Gündogan, m.61).
Netherlands: Cillessen; Dumfries (Pröpper, m.58), De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Roon (Malen, m.58), Wijnaldum, F.de Jong; Promes, Depay, Babel (Ahe, m. 81). EFE