90+4 — Full time. Germany looked like winners until they weren’t. Late lapses cost the Germans a clear victory against the Netherlands and also probably cost the Germans a chance to improve their standing for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. A disappointing end to what looked like a promising game.
90’ — GOAL NETHERLANDS! 2-2. The Netherlands have equalized. Again, the German defense is torn apart in a chaotic scene, as the Dutch manage to intercept the ball and get it to their defensive boss, who volleys it past a helpless Neuer.
87’ — Kehrer squanders an opportunity to raise the score to 3-1, sending an open shot on goal off a Reus assist outside the far post.
85’ — GOAL NETHERLANDS 2-1. Germany at last concede. The Germans cannot clear a corner kick cleanly. The Netherlands intercept and take a second chance. Promes receives the ball just outside the penalty area and fires a shot through the confused German ranks.
81’ — Another nice chance for Germany. Nico Schulz attempts to volley in the 3-0 goal, but his shot is blocked.
80’ — Leon Goretzka replaces goalscorer Sané.
78’ — Memphis Depay blows past both Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels on an attack, drawing a corner as Neuer saves a shot at the goalpost.
74’ — De Ligt pulls off a Maradona in front of Toni Kroos, who was definitely not expecting that from the Dutch defender. His treammates unfortunately squander a subsequent free kick.
72’ — Germany attack again. This time Marco Reus attempts to lob the ball to Sané, but de Ligt slides in between them.
71’ — Sané launches a fast break, passing to Müller. Müller overhits the follow-up pass, sending it past his man.
63’ — substitutions — as Germany are firmly in control, Marco Reus replaces Timo Werner, and minutes later Thomas Müller replaces Serge Gnabry.
halftime — Germany has had only some 44% possession this match, but the quality of play has far surpassed anything the Netherlands has done. The Dutch have yet to register a single shot on goal, while the Germans have 4, and have scored twice. Germany’s defense has been as impressive as its offense.
45’ — Substitution Netherlands: Javairo Dilrosun replaces the injured Babel.
44’ — More bad news for the Netherlands. Babel appears to have suffered a non-contact injury. He goes down on the pitch and is treated, but is not carried off by stretcher. It looks like a right hamstring injury.
42’ — Sané outdribbles the entire Dutch defense around the perimeter of their penalty area, but he still cannot find anyone to receive a pass in the box.
40’ — The young Germans continue to roll. Serge Gnabry aggressively gets on the end of a cross by Sané, but he heads the ball just wide of the Netherlands’ net. Close but no cigar.
38’ — Yellow card for Wijnaldum for a foul on Kimmich, who is slow to get up.
35’ — Close call for Germany! Süle clears a cross by Danny Blind with his head, but nearly puts it in the net. It goes over the crossbar, giving the Netherlands a corner, which Hummels clears.
30’ — Germany remains largely in charge, winning yet another corner, as Nico Schultz attempts to cross.
20’ — GOAL Germany! Toni Kroos delivers a perfectly timed pass to Sané as he breaks ahead of the Netherlands’ last line. Sané can’t bring the pass down cleanly, but it doesn’t matter. He regains control and fires a short through the legs of the closest defender. With the help of the resulting deflection, it flies into the net.
15’ — Depay fires a free kick into Germany’s wall.
14’ — Yellow card for Mats Hummels.
9’ — GOAL for Germany! Serge Gnabry somehow manages to redirect a hard pass from Kroos in the direction of Timo Werner. Werner manages to bring it down with his head and then shoots a volley from impressive distance into the Netherlands’ goal.
Werner nearly follows that up with another shot just minutes later, but cannot connect with the ball.
7’ — Kroos intercepts the ball in the central midfield and attempts to play a throughball direct to Leroy Sané, but de Roon intercepts the promising pass before it arrives.
5’ — Kehrer attempts to cross after receiving a pass from a promising play launched by Kimmich. He wins Germany’s first corner.
kickoff — And we’re underway. Germany come out swinging, but Thilo Kehrer blasts a shot in the general direction of the goal into the stratosphere.
It’s here, the starting lineup. Ahead of captain Manuel Neuer, Jogi Löw has started a back three of Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle, and Antonio Rüdiger. Nico Schulz and Thilo Kehrer will presumably serve as wing-backs on either side of midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Toni Kroos. The offense will be led by the winning trio of Leroy Sané, Timo Werner, and Serge Gnabry. On paper, that would be a 3-4-3 of sorts, with Kimmich back and Kroos forward, but no one (neither Kai Havertz nor Thomas Müller playing on the 10 spot).
Here are the Men in Orange that they will be facing:
Germany have already been relegated to group B in the UEFA Nations League after the Netherland’s 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam sealed Die Mannschaft’s fate. Following the World Cup disaster in Russia, Germany have been miles away from their best, and their exploits in the Nations League have been a dire reflection of just how poor they’ve been.
Jogi Low fielded a rather youthful team last week in Leipzig for Germany’s 3-0 friendly win over Russia, and he’s made a point that he’s not going to heavily rely on his veteran players in the squad as he’s done in the past. All three of the goals came in the first half from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule, and Serge Gnabry, all of whom are below the age of 24; a testament to the depth in youth that Germany possesses and should be utilizing far more often.
- Marco Reus is still recovering from a foot injury so it remains unclear whether or not he will play a part against the Netherlands.
- Kai Havertz could start in place of Reus, especially after a solid performance vs. Russia
- Thomas Muller could earn his 100th CAP for Germany if he’s involved, in whatever capacity
- Low said that they could either start with a back three, or a back four
- Manuel Neuer will keep his place in goal
Location: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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