Eight players made their Netherlands U21 debut on Thursday evening, but the young Dutch side were humbled 3-1 by Germany U21’s in Ingolstadt.

  • By Michael Bell
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orau21germAfter the failure to qualify for the European Championships next year and the resignation of coach Adrie Koster, interim boss Remy Reijnierse decided only to select players born in January 1992 or after, meaning a number of experienced players were left out of the trip to Germany.

The lack of experience showed in the first half as a ruthless Germany side, which included Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, tore Netherlands to shreds and took a 3-0 lead into half time. After Eleven minutes Amin Younes latched onto a Max Meyer flick to fire past Mickey van der Hart before Dominique Heinz found the top corner with a great strike on 22 minutes. Meyer himself completed the scoring for the home side seven minutes before the break as the forward spun in the box before slotting into the bottom corner.

Netherlands came out in the second half looking determined and they got themselves a consolation goal with ten minutes left as Feyenoord winger Jean Paul Boetius smashed a half volley past Ter Stegen from outside the box.

A difficult match for Netherlands, but debuts were handed to Hans Hateboer, Peet Bijen, Joris van Overeem Vincent Janssen, Mohammed Rayhi, Wessel Dammers, Rick Karsdorp and Derrick Luckassen as the KNVB plan for the future.

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