Dutch head coach Ronald Koeman hailed his team’s resilience as they saw off a fighting Germany side 4-2 in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifying match.
It was a thrilling contest in Hamburg with goals galore but it was the Netherlands who had the last laugh as they netted four in the second half of the game.
Koeman was heavily impressed by the strong mentality of the Dutch players as they came from behind to defeat Germany after Serge Gnabry’s early goal had the hosts leading at the break.
Frenkie de Jong and a Jonathan Tah own goal put Netherlands in front in the second half but Toni Kroos levelled it up for the Germans from as he successfully converted a spot-kick on the 73-minute mark.
But the Die Mannschaft went down to two late goals from Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum in the 79th and 91st minute respectively. Koeman believes that it was a deserving win for his team and saluted the players’ aggressive gameplay.
“The team that has done the most to win has earned it”
“The Germans also had a number of good chances, but I found Germany waiting [for opportunities].
“We played to win the game more than they did. We kept our patience and while Germany had two good chances after the break, they maybe grew a little tired of closing all the gaps. In the second half they could no longer walk.
“In the first half we were not dangerous, we built it up a bit better in the second half. It turned out well.
“We have resilience, that’s great in this team. We have faith and are at peace.”
The win was a much-needed one for the Dutch though they are still six adrift of Northern Ireland, who have played a game more, and three back of Germany. The Netherlands next face Estonia on Monday while Germany are set to lock horns with Northern Ireland.