In a match of the 3rd round of the Nations League Netherlands in Amsterdam on Johan Cruijff Arena has won over Germany. Netherlands has gained the first points in a tournament, having taken the second place in A1 group, lagging behind France with one point.
Netherlands and Germany has not played head-to-head for a long time already. Last time teams met with each other in 2012 and have played two matches. At first they met in the European championship in a group stage (Germany won 2:1) and a friendly match ended with a goalless draw. Of course, in eight years the starting line-ups underwent serious changes, especially Netherlands. Ronald Koeman has got absolutely new team, many football players are taking only the first steps not only in the national team but also in big football.
Germany has different situation as five players who took part in last EURO were playing also on the field that evening in Amsterdam. These are Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Mats Julian Hummels, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller and also Joachim Löw for whom this match became 168th at the head of German national team. It is an absolute record! Both national teams began their game in the Nations League in poor way – Netherlands lost to France (1:2) and Germany has ended the game in a goalless draw with the new world champion (0:0).
The beginning of a meeting on Johan Cruijff ArenA was rather careful, however already from the middle of a time the game was uncovered and the teams actively rushed forward. The first shot on target was made by the guests – Müller in one touch shot on Jasper Cillessen’ gate from penalty area but the goalkeeper of Barcelona has played faultlessly. The line-up of Netherlands has several new faces which were placed on the right. On the wing of defense Denzel Dumfries, and on the wing of the attack – Steven Bergwijn debuted for the adult national team. Both football players represent PSV.
At first, nervousness of Dumfries who nearly made the mistakes together with Matthijs de Ligt at the gate was felt but gradually the youth has found confidence and demonstrated good game. The score in a match was opened by the hosts on the 30th minute, thanks to the efforts of the captain. Ryan Babel headed after the pass from the corner area and the ball got into a crossbeam and jumped out on the field, but Virgil van Dijk was the first who sent the ball into the gate. The goal considerably inspired the Oranges who begun to play much easily. Ronald Koeman’s team moved perfectly, found free zones, football players played safely and unconventionally, especially it concerns Memphis Depay. Sometimes it led to losses, but the public was happy!
The tremendous moment to double advantage got Babel, but Matthias Ginter who rushed to a desperate tackle has got in Dumfries’ road. The most certain chance to score in the first half Germans has missed on the 38th minute – Müller was dispatching the kick again. Emre Can has brought the ball to others penalty area and gave a diagonal pass on the player of Bayern whose breakthrough was overslept by Daley Blind. However Müller wasn’t correct and didn’t got into goal mouth. Mark Uth for whom this meeting became the debut one was trying to show himself.
Bundesteam began the second half being extremely motivated as another loss of scores wounded not only the standings, but also the vanity. The first ten minutes after a break they did not manage to score any goals though the guests nevertheless have moved the game closer to the rivals’ gate. On the 57th minute Joachim Löw has made double substitution – Leroy Sane and Julian Draxler replaced Müller and Can. Coming of two fresh football players considerably strengthened the game of Germany, the pressure increased, it became more difficult to Netherlands to beat off or counterattack. On the 65th minute Joshua Kimmich gave fantastic assist on Sane, having cut off the whole defense of Netherlands. Winger of Manchester City was left all alone but the kick from came out to be incorrect.
Right after it Ronald Koeman has finally understood that it is time to make the changes. Arnaut Groeneveld and Quincy Promes came on the field having refreshed the wings of the attack because the game ahead went absolutely wrong. They have managed to cling to balls ahead more often, even there occurred the moments at Neuer’s gate – one time each from good positions Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum have managed to kick. However the danger at Cillessen’s gate did not run low, Germany was pressing and even in two episodes could gain penalty but the Turkish arbitrator Cüneyt Çakır only made a helpless gesture. On the 87th minute the hosts were successful in the rapid counterattack which removed questions of the winner. The player of Germany lost a ball in the middle of the field, Promes flew on the right wing and moved the ball to Depay, having surely realized the moment – 2:0.
The audience on Johan Cruijff ArenA was excited; the victory did not raise doubts any more. Netherlands could score the third goal soon enough – Depay was leftface to face and shot in a crossbeam. It was terrible to look at Joachim Löw, as he didn’t expect such result in this very important for him match. The third ball nevertheless flew in Neuer’s gate – Wijnaldum scored it. 3:0, it became a fantasy! This was the first loss of Germany with a difference in three goals since 2007! Germans are left without the scored goals in the Nations League, having gone to the last line of A1 group and they are waiting for an away match with France. The Netherlands having scored the first points in a tournament in three days will hold a friendly match with Belgium.
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