Netherlands fell to a late 3-2 loss to Germany after battling back to 2-2. Michael Bell rates the Oranje stars for their performance in the gutting defeat.

Jasper Cillessen 6/10: Couldn’t do anything with any of the goals and kept the score down in the first-half with a great save to deny Sane.

Denzel Dumfries 5/10: Struggled with the pace of Sane throughout and Germany got a lot of success down his side in the first half. Improved after the break but the late winner was once again down his side.

Daley Blind 5.5/10: His wing was quieter than Dumfries and he barely put a foot wrong in a difficult first-half. Contributed to the attack after the break.

Matthijs de Ligt 6/10: Slip for the opener was unlucky but he struggled to deal with the German attack in the first-half. Scored his first goal to start the comeback in the second half and his game improved. However was turned inside out for the winner.

Virgil van Dijk 6/10: Far too casual for the Gnabry goal and was given a torrid time in the first-half. Was much imperious after the break and won everything in the air.

Frenkie de Jong 6.5/10: Played deep in the first half and was almost caught out once but made a great tackle. His midfield presence was evident after the break.

Marten de Roon 5.5/10: Absolutely invisible in the first-half. Offered no protection to the defence and didn’t contribute going forward. Improved after the break and helped shut down the German midfield. Got to wonder if Netherlands would have been brighter at the end if he went off for van de Beek?

Georginio Wijnaldum 6/10: Struggled to get into the game in the first half. In the second his movement was more crucial and he set up Memphis for the equaliser.

Ryan Babel 3/10: Should have made it 1-1 but missed two massive chances. Seemed to struggle with the strength of Rudiger and was hooked at half time for Bergwijn.

Quincy Promes 5/10: Replaced Steven Bergwijn in the starting line-up but didn’t prove his worth. His pace is an asset but Promes is sometimes too predictable and doesn’t have the flair of Memphis or Bergwijn.

Memphis Depay 8/10: Was Netherlands most lively attacker in the first-half and held the ball up well. Was the catalyst for the comeback with a great cross for De Ligt’s goal and he netted the equaliser. Was Netherlands best player on the pitch by some distance.

Substitutes:

Steven Bergwijn 5/10: An improvement on Babel as his pace helped Netherlands press Germany higher up the pitch. Snatched at some chances around the box though.

Luuk de Jong N/A: Came on for the final seconds.




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