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Match Preview: Germany vs Netherlands

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Germany and Netherlands will go head-to-head for the fourth time in the last 12 months when they face each other in the European Qualifiers.

The derby game of the UEFA EURO qualifiers this weekend takes place at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, as Germany host the Netherlands tonight at 20:45 – CET.

Die Mannschaft have three wins in three games, including an 8-0 thumping of Estonia in the last round.

The Netherlands suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Germany in their last outing in the European Qualifiers, after previously opening the campaign with a 4-0 win over Belarus.

Team news

Freiburg forward Luca Waldschmidt, who was the top scorer of the 2019 UEFA European U21 Championship this summer with seven goals, earned his first senior call up and could be in line for first minutes with the national team.

Premier League duo Leroy Sane and Antonio Ruder are out through injuries, as well as Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka.

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Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has handed PSV striker Donyell Malen his first-ever international call-up for the upcoming set of fixtures.

His club colleague Steven Bergwijn has withdrawn with injury, with Justin Kluivert being named as his replacement.

What did the managers say

Germany boss Joachim Low believes there is a new hierarchy forming in the squad with new players as team leaders.

“The players know that there are many things in motion. There’s a new hierarchy that’s forming within the squad,” said Low at a press conference.

“I can see that there are several players who are happy to take on more responsibility. Defensively, Niklas Süle and Nico Schulz have done well to do recently, as well as Thilo Kehrer and Jonathan Tah.

“Joshua Kimmich is someone who already took on responsibility within the youth teams, and has done the same with FC Bayern. Players like Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry have plenty of potential. They participate a lot, even off the pitch.”

Former world-class defender himself, Ronald Koeman defended Holland’s young star Matthijs de Ligt who struggled on his Juventus debut last weekend.

“Why all the talking? He struggled against Lozano and there are things that didn’t work but you shouldn’t be too quick in the judgments,” Koeman told the reporters.

“Sometimes people take change too easily. I still have the newspapers of my first match at Barcelona. It was a disaster. We lost 2-0 and everybody was questioning my arrival.

“I want to trust my players, things will not change. De Ligt will play right center defender, it is clear that it will take him time to adapt to Serie A.”


As we already mentioned, this is going to be the fourth encounter between both European giants since October last years.

It is all tied in the previous three games, with each of them registering a win and one 2-2 draw at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

Germany is undefeated in their last six games, noting four wins in the process – including a 3-2 victory over Holland in Amsterdam back in March.

The Oranje reached the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, losing 1-0 to Portugal in their most recent outing.

Die Mannschaft has never in history registered back-to-back wins in competitive games against the Netherlands.