90+4’ — Gnabry breaks free and volleys a shot on goal — but it hits the crossbar. No redemption for Germany.
90+1’ — That was... unwise. Süle moves up to the play striker, but a turnover leaves Germany totally exposed. Wijnaldum finishes off Germany after a long run and an assist from Memphis. Amazing performance by Memphis Depay today.
89’ — Germany is trying to force something, anything up front, but the Dutch are trying to lock the game down.
84’ — Substitution Germany: Julian Brandt comes on for Ginter as Löw tries to take something away from this match.
79’ — GOAL Netherlands! The Dutch take the lead! Memphis finds Wijnaldum in the box who gives a perfect pass to debutant Donyell Malen. He hammers the ball into the net.
73’ — Goal Germany... Toni Kroos converts the penalty.
70 — Penalty for Germany!? Wow. The ball literally fell onto De Ligt’s hand from above, and the ref calls for a penalty.
66’ — GOAL Netherlands! Tah-da... Tah scores an own-goal in the chaos after Van Dijk nearly heads in a corner kick. Tah is not having a good day.
64’ — Ginter came! A great tackle defuses an attack.
61’ — Double substitution for Germany: Kai Havertz replaces Werner and Ilkay Gündogan replaces Reus.
59’ — GOAL Netherlands! Babel sends a cross inside from out left. Jonathan Tah falls to the ground in a vain attempt to stop it. The ball bounces, though, to Frenkie De Jong, who calmly puts it into the net.
58’ — Substitution for the Netherlands: Davy Pröpper makes his debut replacing Dumfries.
56’ — Wijnaldum fires a wicked shot but Neuer was equal too the task.
53’ — Schulz makes a good run up the left and sends a cross in for Werner, but the Dutch defense blocks it. Corner Germany. #GERNED
50’ — Gnabry with another chance off a second ball. Close but no cigar!
49’ — Yellow card for Wijnaldum for fouling Kroos.
48’ — Dumfries will want that one back. Given a perfect pass in the box by Memphis, his first touch eludes him and he simply gives the ball away. That could have been a goal for the Netherlands.
46’ — That seemed quick. We’re back already! Mats Ginter is on the ground after an unfortunate collision with Babel.
- Germany has let the Netherlands have the ball, relying on their defense to frustrate the Dutchmen’s offense and punishing them on the counter.
- Serge Gnabry came to play! The Bayern winger has been the best man on the pitch for Germany.
- The Netherlands came on strong but have not had success in the final third. Memphis Depay has looked the most dangerous.
Halftime! That’s it for the first half. Germany leads 1-0 in what has been a fairly intense match.
42’ — Reus with a perfect chance! After a flubbed attack, Kroos passes to a wide-open Reus, but he’s stopped by Cillessen.
40’ — Memphis gets his head on the end of a cross but can’t redirect it cleanly. Neuer watches it sail out of bounds.
34’ — More physicality on the pitch, centered on Kimmich this time: Kimmich sees yellow for a late foul that angered the Dutch. Memphis sees yellow too.
33’ — Promes threatens Germany in the penalty area. The Netherlands are on the attack now.
27’ — Gnabry makes a quick break and fires a long shot on goal, but it’s saved. He’s feeling hot.
22’ — Another scary moment for Germany: De Ligt rises above the crowd at the far post to head a corner kick back the other way, but he puts it out of bounds.
17’ — Scare for Germany: Babel nearly had an easy header, but Memphis’ cross fell just short and was cleared away.
15’ — Kroos shoots for the near post off a free kick outside the box, but puts it over the goal. Frenkie De Jong had fouled Gnabry outside the box.
9’ — GOAL Germany! Kimmich sends a long forward pass right to an unmarked Klosterman on the right flank. One on one with the keeper, Klostermann shoots it straight off his legs, but Gnabry collects the rebound and puts it away past Van Dijk.
8’ — A big save by Neuer! Schulz gives the ball away when a back pass is intercepted by Babel. He finds Memphis ahead of him, but Neuer saves his shot.
6’ — Kroos takes a long shot on the ground out of bounds after Gnabry is frustrated out of a one-two with Ginter near the penalty arc.
3’ — The Dutch win a corner for their efforts. Memphis takes it short and Werner clears the ball.
kickoff! And we are underway! The ball is rolling. The Dutch press with a vengeance and quickly dispossess the Germans.
Löw has opted for a back three with Jonathan Tah, Niklas Süle, and Matthias Ginter. Nico Schulz will play at left wingback and Lukas Klostermann on the right. That leaves Kimmich as the midfield anchor alongside Toni Kroos. Marco Reus, Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry make up the offense, and Manuel Neuer is in goal.
Here is how the Netherlands are lining up:
Well this fun. While there might not be any Bayern Munich action this week, UEFA has graciously scheduled a qualifier between Germany and the Netherlands to keep us entertained. Among those involved in this game include our dear future captain Joshua Kimmich, big boi Niklas Sule, the current captain Manuel Neuer (he’s better than ter Stegen, suck it up Barcelona fans), and Serge Gnabry.
Uhh, have fun I guess.
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