Germany hosted the Netherlands in their classic rivalry game, which was played as part of the qualifying campaign for UEFA EURO 2020.
The Dutch team ultimately got the well-deserved 4-2 victory in a match they dominated for the most part.
In spite of the fact that “Oranje” had the better start to the game, it was the Germans who suddenly took the 1-0 lead through Serge Grnabry. That was also the halftime score.
New Barcelona signing Frankie de Jong equalized early in the second half, before a Jonathan Tah own-goal completed the turnaround for the Dutch.
Toni Kroos converted a lucky penalty kick for Germany, which the refereeing crew likely would have not given, had they had access to VAR technology.
Yet, the visitors did not allow that to take them out of their rhythm. They scored again courtesy of Donyell Malen, who had just come on for his first cap, as well as another strike by Georginio Wijnaldum in added time.
Overall, the team coached by Joachim Löw was simply far too passive on the night and did not deserve to get anything out of the match. They absolutely need to do much better, especially at home.
After having opened the qualifying campaign with three consecutive victories, (the first of which was an impressive 3-2 win away to the Dutch) the Germans have now been brought back down to earth by a brave team from the Netherlands.
Now it has once again become clear that there is still a long way for Germany to go, if they are to stop the downward spiral that they have been on since the disastrous 2018 FIFA World Cup.
If they are to mature as a team, easily qualify for this EURO and ultimately become a major player in that tournament and beyond, they must be better than this!