Hamburg (dpa) – what a steamer: with hanging heads, joachim low’s young national team players strode off the pitch, while the hollanders celebrated the successful revenge in high spirits.
Despite the collective energy performance demanded by the national coach, the german soccer team suffered a bitter 2:4 (1:0) defeat in the prestigious duel against the netherlands and is once again under pressure on its way to the european championship in 2020.
"Holland was the better team over 90 minutes, we deserved to lose," said low on RTL. "Although we were leading 1:0, you never had the feeling that we were in control of the game." He was "disappointed" because the team had played "below our technical capabilities". "The hollanders were able to press, we played high balls. That was not the understanding of the game that we actually want."
Serge gnabry justified the national coach’s guarantee of a starting place with the leading goal for the DFB selection in the 9th minute. Minute, but could not prevent the defeat. "In every defeat, the substitution prevails," he said. "We get the goals against much too easily, give away the 2:3 just like that. This simply must not happen to us."Niklas sule auberte disappointed: "we cannot expect to have so little possession in a home game. That was a very weak game from us."
Goal by holland’s young barca star frenkie de jong (59.), an own goal by the hapless jonathan tah (66.) and the late K.O. By donyell malen (79.) and georginio wijnaldum (90.+1) but sealed the first defeat of the DFB selection on the way to the european championship 2020. Toni kroos’ (72.) equalizer on a penalty kick took advantage before 51.299 spectators in sold-out hamburger volksparkstadion nothing. The ticket for the european final round can be booked in october at the earliest.
Almost half a year after the 3:2 coup in amsterdam, the low-ranking team impressed for a long time with its unity and tactical discipline, but the defeat in hamburg has put holland at an advantage in a direct comparison. The rebuilding trend after the world cup disaster could not be confirmed in the end. For the first time in the current qualifying campaign and for the first time since october 2015, a team lost a game in an elimination round for a rough tournament after 14 victories.
Low, who missed the victories over russia (2-0) and estonia (8-0) in june after suffering a sports accident, gave a good performance in his 176th game for the team. Country’s national team coach has chosen timo werner from leipzig to play up front in place of leroy sane, who has injured his cruciate ligament. "Timo has the confidence of five goals," low said on RTL with an eye on the league start. Sane wished his teammates "good luck tonight" on twitter before kickoff. I keep my fingers crossed!"
Against the initially more active dutchmen, gnabry, who in combination with werner and marco reus repeatedly increased the tempo, provided the start after mab. Kapitan manuel neuer saved an unmarked shot from the striking memphis depay, before joshua kimmich, who was working with toni kroos in the midfield center, set up lukas klostermann with a strong pass. The RB pro failed to beat jasper cillessen in the visitors’ goal, then gnabry was on hand to score.
In defense, the national coach relied on a three-man backline around stabilizer niklas sule, as in the 3-2 win in the first leg, which also started with an early lead for germany. Low kept running up and down in his coaching area during an intense but low-scoring first half. Both teams mostly stuck to the tactical guidelines.
The eleven, led by the super-talented de jong and europe’s soccer player of the year virgil van dijk, had major problems with the compact DFB defense after the setback. However, the counter-attacking opportunities were not played out consistently. Reus also missed a great chance for the 2:0 shortly before the break, which was thwarted by a strong reflex save from cillessen. The gaste, already under pressure in european championship qualifying group C with one win and one defeat, had chances to head home through matthijs de ligt (22.) and depay (40.).
The entertaining second half began with more counterattacks by the DFB selection, which gnabry (51.) and shortly after reus but could not make use of them. The dutch, who had beaten germany painfully in the nations league just under a year ago, increasingly relinquished possession of the ball, and this proved to be the case a few minutes later: neuer was able to score against wijnaldum (55.) but de jong was quicker on the trigger than schulz and scored the equalizer.
Low reacted and brought in kai havertz for werner and ilkay gundogan for reus (each 61.), but the dutch became stronger in this phase. Tah scored the own goal after a sharp input from depay. The penalty kick, which kroos safely converted, was caused by de ligt’s handball. Substitute malen took advantage of the next lapse of concentration in the german defense, and wijnaldum made everything clear.