Donyell Malen scored on his international debut and Georginio Wijnaldum struck in added time as the Netherlands beat Germany 4-2 away in a classic clash in euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.
Nico Schulz struck late to give Germany a 3-2 success in Amsterdam earlier in the cluster stage but the tables were turned at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion.
Toni Kroos’ penalty levelled the game at 2-2 but Malen’s volley wrapped up a clinical break to give Ronald Koeman’s side the lead before Wijnaldum made sure of the points.
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.
Germany continued to dominate and only Cillessen’s excellent 42nd-minute save from Marco Reus ensured the score remained 1-0 at the break.
Neuer pushed away a Quincy Proems 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 goal as the Netherlands moved in front, though Germany was quickly back on level terms when Kroos converted a penalty that was harshly given for an inadvertent handball within 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 3 points clear at the top of the section.
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Defeat in Hamburg would have been a blow for Netherlands’ hopes of reaching next year’s European Championship, but group C is shaping up beautifully as teams approach the midway point of their qualifying campaigns. Germany remains in a strong position despite this loss.
De Jong off the mark
Not only did de Jong score his 1st Netherlands goal, but the metropolis center also dictated play in midfield on what was only his 10th international appearance. It is a year exactly since de Jong made his Oranje debut, but the 22-year-old is already arguably the key man for his country.
Tah at fault for two goals
Not only did Tah slip in the build-up to the Netherlands equalizer, he then turned in the goal that first put them in front. It was a seven-minute spell to forget for the Bayer Leverkusen defender.
Group leaders Northern Ireland host Germany in an exceeding crunch clash on a weekday, a similar day the European nation look to relinquish their campaign another major boost after they jaunt Estonia.