Netherlands Beats Germany in Hamburg With a Fantastic Turnaround

Germany vs. Netherlands. Georginio WIJNALDUM (NED) - and Joshua KIMMICH (GER). Photo by Pixathlon/Shutterstock (10404808ad)

The first International break of the new season delivered a surprising win for The Netherlands in Hamburg over the 2014 World Cup champions Germany. At the sold-out Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany scored first after a counter-attack, when the ball was reflected to Bayern’s winger Serge Gnabry in the 9th minute – and that was the only thing that Germany did this match! 

The Netherlanders pushed the Germans into their own half at the start of the 2nd period and they managed to level the score in the 59th minute through Barcelona’s new star Frenkie De Jong. He managed to ditch Germany’s defenders and ended up alone against Manuel Neuer, scoring from 6 yards away. 

In the 66th minute, Jonathan Tah scored an own goal after a sharp Netherlands corner kick, which Neuer managed to defend but the ball was reflected from Tah’s foot and still ended behind the goalkeeper. Some minutes later, Matthijs De Ligt touched the ball with his hand in the penalty box. Although he claimed that the handball was not intentional, the decision stayed the same.  

Toni Kroos leveled the score to 2-2, but 7 minutes later the Netherlands had the lead again through Donyell Malen. Georgino Wijnaldum finished the job in the 91st minute, making it 4:2 for the Netherlands.