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Germany stun the Netherlands at the death

Netherlands 2-3 Germany match report

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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A late goal from Nico Schulz gave Germany the win after the Netherlands had come back from 0-2 down at half-time.

Holland vs Germany: match report

Germany have beaten Holland on Dutch soil for the first time in 23 years, thanks to a 90th-minute strike by Nico Schulz following to first half goals from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.

An inspired Germany were by far the better side in the first half and were 1-0 up after 15 minutes through a Gnabry-assisted Sane goal. Twenty minutes later Gnabry got himself on the scoreboard with a stunning strike from distance after having cleverly beaten two Dutch defenders, Van Dijk and Dumfries.

But the second half was all about Holland, who came out all guns blazing and had clawed one goal back just three minutes after the break thanks to well-guided header from Ajax centre back Matthijs de Ligt. Fifteen minutes later they were level when Depay latched onto a loose ball inside the box to smash it home.

With the home crowd urging them on, Holland continued to mount the pressure as they went in search of the winner. But completely against the run of play and with their first real chance of the second half, it was Germany who found the game’s fifth goal through Schulz after some great build-up play from the two substitutes Gundogen and Reus. The win will put this new-look Germany side in prime position to top group C, after they look to redeem themselves after a dismal World Cup last year.

Holland vs Germany: as it happened

92' And that's the end of the game. Germany have won in Holland for the first time in 23 years! 

90'   Completely against the run of play and with their first real chance of the second half, Germany have scored through Schulz and all thanks to the work of the replacements. Substitute Gundongan releases fellow substitute Reus down the left who squares it first time into the box to Schule. The Hoffenheim man hits it first time with the side of this foot, guiding it into the bottom right corner.  


88'   Dumfries tries a low and hard cross from the right but it's cleared away by Ginter before it reaches Depay.

84'   Depay, who has been excellent tonight, releases Blind down the left, but his first-time cross lands in the gloves of Neuer. 

82'   Kroos ignores all his team mates in the box and shoots directly himself but it's well off target. Wasteful from the Real Madrid man.

81'   Kroos is fouled by De Jong just outside the Dutch box to give Germany their first chance of this second half. 

80'   Holland on the break as Depay darts forward and slides a ball into the path of Bergwijn, but Neuer slides down to gather the ball before the Dutch striker.  

78'   More Dutch pressure results in another corner on the left. Depay finds Van Dijk with the corner delivery but his header was never going to test Neuer.  

75'   Germany are in possession but are struggling to work the ball out of their own half as Holland press high and heavily. 

70'   Where is that inspired German side we saw in that first half!? They have had nothing to offer in this second 45. 

70' Change for Germany: Goretzka makes way for Gundogan.

69'   Holland still on top and pushing for a third.

64'   After some choppy stuff in the box, with the ball bouncing around, Depay latches on to it and smashes it home. 2-2!


59'   Germany finally enjoying some possession. After a succession of passes that was really getting them nowhere, Schulz tries to burst through a few Dutch players cutting in from the left, but he's dispossesed by Dumfries.  

55'   Holland have bossed these opening 10 minutes of the second half. Germany look all over the place. 

51'   Germany try to break on the counter through Sane, who is impeded and wins a free kick by the sideline on the left. 

48'   Depay has a second chance to put in a cross after his initial corner delivery is cleared. This time he finds the head of De Ligt, and the young Ajax centre back slots it past Neuer with a glancing header into the right corner. The perfect start to the second half for Koeman's side. Game very much on now!


48'   Holland putting on some early pressure and have corner. 

46' One change for Holland: Babel off, Bergwijn comes on.

46'   Holland get the second period underway. They have 45 minutes to turn this 2-0 deficit around. 

If Germany can hold on to their lead here, it will be their first win on Dutch soil in 23 years. 

Both sides have been accurate: the visitors managed five shots on target from 7 attempts in that first half; Holland - three from four attempts. 

    Half time and the Dutch look a little shell shocked after that first-half onslaught. A very different German side to the one that lost 3-0 here last October. Low has rung in the changes and so far they seemed to have paid off. Koeman has a lot of talking to do over the break.  

44'   Babel appeals for a penatly after a challenge by Rudiger, but the ref says play on. And that will be the last action of the first half. 

40'   Koemen's assistant is scribbling something on a page. But the Dutch head coach does not seem too interested in what he has to say, as he looks on bewilderedly. He needs to change something here and fast. 

39'   It could have been 3-0! Schulz plays a beautiful cross in from the left to find Kehrer on the other side of the box. The winger jumps high and drives a powerful header towards the Dutch goal. But Cillesen is on hand to save.

38' Daley Blind picks up the first card of the evening. 

34' Rudiger plays a long ball to realese Gnabry down the left. He comes inside, cuts past Van Dijk, then Dumfries, and curls a shot from 18 yards into the top right corner, leaving Neuer with no chance. An absolute beauty from the Bayern winger, who also set up Sane's first goal. A great sixth cap for him so far. 


30'   What a chance for Sané! Gnabry slides him a beautiful through ball that would have left him one on one with Cillesen. But the Man City man's first touch is poor and gives the Dutch defence a chance to retrieve and clear the ball. 

27'   Babel with another chance inside the box, again Neuer saves! From six yards out, the Dutch striker hits a first-time volley from a cross in from the right, but he hits directly at Neuer. 

25'   First real chance for Holland! After tearing open the German defence, an unmarked Babel has nobody in his way but Neuer, who does well to save the on-target attempt. Holland do nothing with the resultant corner. 

20'   The Germans are still very much controlling possession after having taken the lead, leaving the hosts no chance to make an early response. 

15'   Kroos releases Schulz down the left. The winger puts a low cross in towards Sane around the penatly spot, and the Man City man gathers the ball, as his marker De Ligt slips over, and easily slots it past Neuer to give the visitors the lead. 


13'    De Jong gives the ball away to Kimmich in his own third. Kimmich makes a dart towards the box, but De Jong redeems himself with a sliding tackle to dispossess the German just outside the box. That had to be perfectly timed and it was.  

12'   Depay tries his luck from a free kick from 35 yards out. But it's way off target. 

10'   Babel wins a corner for Holland. Depay swings it in... It's cleared but only as far as De Jong, who plays it back to Depay. His second cross is better but again the Germans have cleared the danger...

9'   Holland put their first attack together. After some fast interlinking pay, Babel's cross into the box is cleared by Low's defence. 

7'   The home side finally enjoying some possession. 

5' Kimmich and Gnabry link up down the right and have won a corner. Kroos' corner delivery is poor, however, and easily dealt with by the Dutch defence. 

4'   It has been all Germany in these opening minutes, as the hosts have barely touched the ball. Sané looking very spritely.

2' Sané squares to Gnabry, who shoots from distance. But it's saved by Neuer. 

1' Germany, in white, get the game underway. They haven't won here for in 23 years. Can they put an end to that horrible streak tonight?

Low with seven changes to the side that drew against Serbia earlier in the week. Koeman has made just one change to his side. 

The teams are on the field as the German national antherm rings around the Amsterdam Arena.

Depay (pictured below), Wijnaldum and Van Dijk all found the back of the net for Holland in the 4-0 win against Belarus on Thursday, with the former Manchester United man scoring twice to bring his international goal tally to 15 in 45 games. 

Barcelona's tecnhical director and former player Eric Abidal is in attendance tonight. He'll be keeping a close eye on Ajax's 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt, who has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou in recent months, and could follow team mate Frenkie De Jong to the Catalan capital in the summer.  

Ever-insightful stats from OptaJohan...

The only change to Koeman's side who beat Belarus 4-0 on Thursday is Sevilla's Quincy Promes, who comes in for PSV's Steven Bergwijn. 

Koeman's starting XI to face Germany: Cillesen, Blind, Van Dijk, De Light, Dumfries, De Jong, Wijnaldum, De Roon, Babel, Memphis, Promes...

There has never been much love lost between these two old rivals, as Frank Rijkaard was keen to demonstrate 28 years ago at Italia 90'. It may be a feisty encounter tonight, although both Low and Koeman's men will be expected to keep their saliva to themselves...

Just four players who started the 1-1 draw with Serbia make Low's starting XI this evening: Neuer, Kimmich, Sule and Sané. 

Low has named his starting XI: 1 Neuer (C) 2 Kehrer 4 Ginter 6 Kimmich 8 Kroos 14 Schulz 15 Süle 16 Rüdiger 18 Goretzka 19 Sané 20 Gnabry...

The German team had one last chance for final preparations earlier today...

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Holland v Germany, the orange-and-white cherry on top of this weekend's list of Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures. The game gets going in one and a quarters hours, and until then you can enjoy the build-up with us here. 

Holland vs Germany: match preview

Germany get their Euro 2020 campaign underway against Holland in Amsterdam on Sunday, in what is undoubtedly the most mouth-watering clash of the year’s first international break.

After a dismal World Cup, which saw the holders knocked out in the groups stages, and a poor Nations League showing, Germany have a chance to banish some ghosts by beating the old rivals on their own patch.

Having told veteran Bayern Munich trio Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller they were no longer part of his plans, coach Joachim Low has said “2019 is a new start for the for the German national football team”. Although a 1-1 home draw in a friendly against Serbia would not have been deemed the greatest of starts for this new-look German side – a game which featured ten players with five or fewer caps.

Since their early World Cup bow-out after a shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea, Low’s side have failed to record a victory in five games – which included a 3-0 defeat and 2-2 draw against their Dutch opponents this Sunday.

Holland, meanwhile, are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance under coach Ronald Koeman, who came in a year ago to replace Dick Advocaat and will be under immense pressure to ensure qualification for Euro 2020, particularly considering the World Cup 2010 finalists have failed to make the last two major tournaments.

Koeman’s first game in charge – almost exactly a year ago on March 23, 2018 – was a 1-0 home defeat to England. But since then, the Oranje have only lost one out of ten encounters, the latest of which was the 4-0 thrashing of Belarus in their opening Euro 2020 qualifying fixture. That result, coupled with a win against Germany in Amsterdam tonight, would put them in prime position to take the top spot in Group C.