Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Virgil van Dijk & Gini Wijnaldum both score as Netherlands thrash Germany

Virgil van Dijk & Gini Wijnaldum both score as Netherlands thrash Germany

They had multiple opportunities to end the drought in Amsterdam, with Werner wasting a first-half one-on-one and substitute Leroy Sane somehow steering an even better opening wide after the break, and their lack of goals is becoming a concern.

They suffered a shock exit in the group phase of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation and this loss leaves them with only one point from their opening two Nations League matches.

"Had we lost 1-0, it would have been acceptable but breaking apart like this in the last 10 minutes is not good".

"It's not only about converting the chances", he added.

It was also the first time that Netherlands have defeated Germany by a margin of three or more goals.

"Of course, I have to expect that". "This is a fantastic result that we've been waiting for for a long time".

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The Rahane-Pant duo added 152 runs for the fifth wicket and once the visitors got the breakthrough, the floodgates were opened. Holder first got one to rear up from back of length to shatter Ajinkya Rahane's hopes of a 15th Test hundred.

"Those three showed some guts, and that they are able to reach the level of the Dutch team".

Captain Virgil van Dijk scored only his second worldwide goal on the half hour and anchored a solid Dutch defense that held out Germany, while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum struck late to achieve the historic win.

Koeman brought on another debutant in Nigerian-born Arnaut Groeneveld, ending the hopes of the African nation that he would turn out for them, as the home side looked to stem a growing German dominance in midfield. Babel rose between Jonas Hector and Mats Hummels to head against the underside of the bar and the ball bounced up invitingly for unmarked Van Dijk to head in the opening goal.

This set up a back-and-forth game between the two sides, as Germany pushed for an equaliser and the hosts looked to extend their lead-with both Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay going close. The Olympique Lyon striker then hit the crossbar in extra time before Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum made it 3-0 with virtually the last kick of the match as Germany crumbled.

"I really see a great future for Dutch football".

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