Netherlands have booked an important victory in the European Championship qualifiers. Oranje came from behind to defeat Germany 4-2 after an excellent second half.

In March, Netherlands lost 3-2 to their bitter rivals in their second Euro qualifier and they headed to Hamburg looking for revenge. Ronald Koeman decided to start with Quincy Promes and Ryan Babel on either side of Memphis Depay, while Denzel Dumfries remained first-choice right-back.

Netherlands dominated possession from the start but in the ninth minute, Germany scored the opener on the counter attack. Lukas Klostermann forced Jasper Cillessen into a good save but Serge Gnabry followed up to net on the rebound.

After the opener, Netherlands continued to have plenty of possession but had very little creativity and struggled to create chances. Matthijs de Ligt was closest to the equaliser with a header.

Early in the second half, Georginio Wijnaldum went close but was denied by Manuel Neuer. Koeman then acted by making a double change. Donyell Malen came on for his Oranje debut along with Davy Propper, while Marten de Roon and Denzel Dumfries went off.

The changes worked wonders and moments later it was 1-1. A Babel cross found Frenkie de Jong in the middle and he calmly fired past Neuer.

In the 66th minute, Netherlands took the lead. Neuer made a good save from a Virgil van Dijk header, but when Memphis put the ball across goal, Jonathan Tah could only divert it into his own net.

Netherlands were on top but in the 72nd minute, Germany were awarded a soft penalty for a handball by De Ligt. The ball took a deflection and hit the Juventus defender on the arm but the decision stood. Toni Kroos made no mistake from the spot and made it 2-2.

The equaliser didn’t stop Netherlands from pushing forward and in the 79th minute, Memphis played an excellent pass through to Wijnaldum, who found Malen in the middle and the PSV forward fired past Neuer to mark his debut with a huge goal.

In the last minute, Netherlands made the victory safe as Memphis countered before swinging an excellent pass into the box for Wijnaldum to fire in a fourth.

The victory is massive for Netherlands, who move onto six points from three games and they can now think about topping the group once again. On Monday, Netherlands travel to Estonia.




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