Netherlands were scared to attack Germany, says De Ligt

Heather Diaz
March 26, 2019

Joachim Low's side had failed to win in any of their previous five competitive internationals, but goals from Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Nico Schulz ensured they made the ideal start to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

Victory not only gets Löw's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a ideal start, but also serves as revenge of sorts after a defeat and a draw against Holland in the Nations League helped relegate Germany from League A without a win. In the second half we showed we're a good team, but that was too late. As Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt slipped on the turf, Sane slipped away and smashed the ball past Cillessen.

Manuel Neuer made two key saves in quick succession from Ryan Babel and Germany then extended their lead in stunning fashion in the 34th minute.

Netherlands got one back within three minutes of the restart, though, De Ligt rising highest to glance home a header from a superbly delivered left-wing Depay cross.

Van Dijk, referring to his team's failure to reach the 2016 European Championship in France and last year's World Cup in Russian Federation, added: "We also had a spell like that where things did not go for us".

And Depay equalised in the 64th minute, indecision in the Germany box allowing Georginio Wijnaldum to tee up the Lyon attacker for his seventh goal in eight internationals.

Germany midfielder Marco Reus, meanwhile, told the German FA website he was confident that Joachim Low's side could win the game.

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What does it mean?

'I'm proud of the way we played in the second half.

With Netherlands looking more likely to snatch the victor, Germany snatched a late goal when substitute Marco Reus picked out Schulz in the penalty area and the Hoffenheim wing-back cooly slotted home to earn the visitors all three points.

But it was Germany who were left to celebrate as Schulz, earning his sixth cap, won the points.

The 23-year-old has now scored six times in his last nine appearances for club and country and is becoming increasingly influential for Bayern and Germany.

Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry seemed to be spear-heading the attack for Germany in the opening exchanges, and it was Sane who opened the scoring with his first strike at goal in the 15th minute with a rocket of a shot into the top corner.

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