Netherlands piled more misery on Germany as they secured a comfortable 3-0 triumph over them in the Nations League on Saturday night. The Dutch had come into the game as the underdogs owing to their recent record against the 2014 World Cup champions but they had the cutting edge upfront which split the difference between the sides.
Dutch skipper Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring right at the 30-minute mark after getting a fortuitous header following Ryan Babel’s attempt. Thereafter, the Dutchman had to wait until the 87th minute where Memphis Depay scored off a counter-attack and Georginio Wijnaldum added more gloss to the result with a third strike in stoppage time.
Two things we learned:
Germany continue to struggle upfront: Germany had come into the game without scoring a goal in two competitive fixtures and their struggles continued against the Dutch at the Amsterdam Arena. With Timo Werner not firing of late, manager Joachim Loew decided to go with debutant Mark Uth to lead the line but the Schalke 04 striker only managed tame efforts on goal. Moreover, Uth’s selection showed some kind of desperation, given he was handed his maiden call-up despite not scoring a solitary goal in any competition this term.
Netherlands showing glimpses of their former self: The Dutch have gone through a lean patch since the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil where they were ousted at the semi-final phase. Since then, they have failed to qualify for two major tournaments in Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup respectively but they now appear to be showing some positives in terms of performance. Against Germany, Ronald Koeman’s side were effectively particularly on the counter-attack and it paid dividends right at the end with Memphis and Wijnaldum putting the game beyond doubt in the final 10 minutes.
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