- Title: Netherlands shock stunned Germany in 4-2 comeback win
- Date: 6th September 2019
- Summary: HAMBURG, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 06, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GERMANY COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE AND SITTING DOWN CAMERAMAN (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING: "We are of course disappointed with the result, but if we are honest the result is ok because the Netherlands were the better team today if you judge from the whole 90 minutes. When it comes to the game and technically speaking, we played below our level. We missed a lot of balls and many combinations didn't work out the way we wanted them to." JOURNALISTS JOURNALIST WRITING NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY COACH, JOACHIM LOEW, SAYING: "Today we also felt the fact that the Dutch have been playing together for two or three years and they looked, they looked more prepared in this game than us. Compared to the match we played in Amsterdam, we also had to switch out some players and that is not easy when it comes to such a young team. We felt that some things just didn't 't really work today. We have to analyse this and tomorrow we will have to check the conditions of each of the players. Players like Tony Kroos, Ilkay (Gundogan) or Manuel Neuer also went through these kind of experiences and lost matches. The young players, of course, you have to get them used to it. We basically have to understand that we have more opportunities, which didn't show today. So, some moments, just some, were ok but not the overall game and now it is about giving the young players the feeling that they can do it, that they are stronger and I am sure they will react positively and show that on Monday. JOURNALIST TYPING NETHERLANDS COACH, ROLAND KOEMAN, ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE AND SITTING DOWN (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) NETHERLANDS COACH, ROLAND KOEMAN, SAYING: (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION" "Yes, in the beginning we were good, and we had a lot of possession. Then we made a few small mistakes and that is when they scored. Germany stayed dangerous and at half-time I asked the players for more discipline, faster changes. The two changes came very fast. Babel was in a good mood and then we scored twice. The 2-2 was a gift from the referee." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 20th September 2019 23:36
- Keywords: Donyell Malen Netherlands Frenkie de Jong own goal Euro 2020 Ronald Koeman Joachim Loew Georginio Wijnaldum Jonathan Tah Germany
- Location: HAMBURG, GERMANY
- City: HAMBURG, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001AVIUGCF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Netherlands scored four times in 32 second-half minutes to secure a remarkable 4-2 comeback victory against hosts Germany in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier on Friday.
Goals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah own goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win after Serge Gnabry had given the hosts an early lead and Toni Kroos had pulled them level at 2-2 with a controversial penalty.
The result leaves Germany on nine points from four games, three behind leaders Northern Ireland, who they face on Monday (September 9) in Belfast. The Netherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side Estonia.
It was a winning return to Hamburg for Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, who won in the port city against the Germans as a player during Euro' 88, and a clear mark of his team's improvement after they failed to reach the last two major tournaments.
Joachim Loew's Germany side, undergoing their own overhaul after a disappointing 2018 World Cup first round exit and Nations League relegation, got off to a good start with Gnabry scoring on the rebound in the ninth minute.
There was little to be seen in terms of attacks from the Netherlands but that changed after the break.
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