Germany vs. Netherlands - Football Match Report

Sherman Parsons
November 20, 2018

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is among the best defenders in world, according to fellow Netherlands worldwide Davy Klaassen.

Ronald Koeman's Holland required a point against old rivals Germany but found themselves 2-0 down due to early goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane.

However, they paid for not capitalizing further on their dominance as the Dutch struck twice inside the last five minutes, the first coming from an edge-of-the-box strike from Quincey Promes, before Van Dijk scored a majestic volley past Manuel Neuer at the back post.

Germany face the Netherlands on Monday in their last Nations League group game, having already been relegated, and are looking to cap a awful year with a good performance.

Virgil van Dijk led with both class and authority on Monday evening in Gelsenkirchen, as cameras captured a touching moment between himself and the referee Ovidiu Hategan.

"I still don't know if he will play", Loew said.

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Switzerland, England and hosts Portugal had already qualified for the four-team finals in June. If they lose, then the World Champions France will be the 4th team to reach the final. After a moderate first half we wanted to come out stronger after the break.

"We now want to say goodbye (to 2018) with a good performance and show the fans that we are on the right track to recovery", Loew told a news conference.

The trio of Serge Gnabry, Sane and Werner, so effective in Thursday's 3-0 friendly win over Russian Federation, again caused the Dutch defence no end of problems in the opening 45 minutes.

The Netherlands face their rivals Germany in a huge Nations League clash that could send them to the finals next summer.

"However, I have the feeling we are on a good path with these players and will be successful again with this young team".

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