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Holland shock Germany with late double blow

Tom Devlin by Tom Devlin @rfutbol - 0 4,493

Pin Van Dijk stunned Germany. AFP
Van Dijk stunned Germany. AFP

Holland shock Germany with late double blow

Tom Devlin by Tom Devlin @rfutbol - 0 4,493

The Netherlands struck twice in the final five minutes to leave Germany despondent in Gelsenkirchen, rescuing a 2-2 draw that was enough to drop France from top spot and qualify through the the Europa League finals at ‘Les Bleus’ expense.

Germany took an early lead and rarely looked threatened over the 90 minutes, the Dutch a mere shadow of the side that ran the roost against France in Rotterdam only four days ago. Jogi Löw’s youthful selections looked to have done the trick.

Timo Werner opened the scoring with a well struck volley after being played in by a clever flick from Serge Gnabry, who kept his starting role in the side, and it was one way traffic thereafter.

It was 2-0 inside 20 minutes thanks to Leroy Sane. The Manchester City man brought down a simple ball over the top, took a couple of touches to find his feet and his left-footed effort was past Cillessen via a deflection.

The Germans had plenty of chances to find a third, Werner in particular could have added to his tally. Marco Reus’ square ball was cut out when Sane looked destined to score, and then suddenly with five minutes to go, Holland found a lifeline.

Quincy Promes made some space on the edge of the box after being found by some intricate passing, and he curled a sublime effort past Neuer in goal. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper had only been tested for the first time minutes earlier, Depay with the first shot on goal from an orange shirt with fewer than 15 minutes to go.

With their tails up, the second and crucial goal came just as the clock ticked over into 90 minutes. A cross was headed onwards to the back post where van Dijk, operating as a makeshift striker/battering ram, was on task to volley home and send the away end into a frenzy.

It was a disappointing end to a disappointing year for the Germans. They defended their World Cup with barely a whimper, before losing almost every other game since then. They are relegated from the top tier of the Nations League, while Holland go on to join England, Switzerland and Portugal in the semi-finals.

Tom Devlin

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