Euro 2020 qualifiers: Netherlands 2nd-half display downs Germany

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In a thrilling, see-saw match in Hamburg, a superb second half display gave the Netherlands a significant Euro 2020 qualifiers victory over Germany.

Goal from Serge Gnabry had given Germany an early lead but Frenkie de Jong and Jonathan Tah’s own goal turned the game.

Shortly Toni Kroos’ penalty, after a dubious handball against De Jong looked to have given Germany a draw via.

Donyell Malen making his debut as a substitute finished a superb move before Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the win in added time.

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The Netherlands’ victory their first in Germany since 2002 – means Joachim Low’s side miss out on top spot in the group, which still belongs to Northern Ireland courtesy of their four wins out of four games so far.

The Dutch are now three points behind the second-placed Germans with a game in hand.

With Northern Ireland going so well and having lost 3-2 at home to Germany in March, Ronald Koeman’s side could not afford another slip-up, which looked on the cards after Gnabry followed up Lukas Klostermann’s saved shot to score his fifth international goal in six games.

But they were more efficient after the break, with De Jong’s neat finish and Tah’s clumsy poked own goal from close range rewarding their efforts.

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Even the game’s most controversial moment – the penalty converted by Germany after the ball had looped onto De Jong’s arm following a blocked cross – could not break them from their stride.

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Wijnaldum provided the ball for the Malen to put the visitors ahead again and then charged through to finish himself.

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With two games against Northern Ireland to come, the Dutch are now firmly back in the running for top spot.

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