Netherlands Edge Germanyin Thriller
Donyell Malen scored on his international debut and Georginio Wijnaldum struck in added time as Netherlands beat Germany 4-2 away in a classic clash in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.
Manuel Neuer denied Memphis Depay in a frantic first few minutes and the deadlock was broken at the other end moments later.
Joshua Kimmich’s pass sent Lukas Klostermann through on goal only for his shot to be hit straight into Jasper Cillessen’s chest, with Serge Gnabry on hand to turn in the rebound.
Neuer pushed away a Quincy Promes drive after the restart but the Bayern goalkeeper was beaten in the 59th minute, Frenkie de Jong firing home after Jonathan Tah missed Ryan Babel’s cross.
Tah then bundled into his own goal as Netherlands moved in front, though Germany were quickly back on level terms when Kroos converted a penalty that was harshly given for an inadvertent handball in the box by Matthijs de Ligt.
But just like in March there would be late drama, Wijnaldum teeing up debutant Malen for a fine finish then converting Depay’s brilliant low cross himself to seal a fine win that leaves Northern Ireland three points clear at the top of the section.