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Germany edge Holland in five-goal thriller

Joachim Low’s Germany side defeated rivals Holland 3-2 at the Amsterdam ArenA to secure a winning start to their UEFA European Championship Qualifying campaign.

First-half goals from Leroy Sane (15′) and Serge Gnabry (34′) put Germany in control but, just like the last time the two sides met in last year’s Nations League, the Oranje hit back to draw level courtesy of goals by Matthijs De Ligt (48′) and Memphis Depay (63′) in the second half.

But it was the Germans who had the final say as Nico Schulz’s last-minute goal gave his team a dramatic 3-2 away win.

And Low was full of praise for his side following their hard fought win.

“Getting three points here in the Netherlands to kick off our qualifying campaign is fantastic and will really help our process.

“But we saw that we still have a lot of work to do. We need to maintain control better at 2-0 up. The team battled brilliantly and I can only take my hat off to them.

“We played really well in the first half; we controlled the game and we had some great movement in attack and runs behind the defence. We fully deserved to lead at the break and we had implemented what we had practised in training superbly.

“Their first goal back came at a bad time. We fought hard in the second half and tried to get our opponents under control again, but our football wasn’t on the same level anymore.

“We started to get flustered and gave the ball away too easily. It’s a process that a young team has to go through. What pleases me is that the team never lost the belief that they could win the game, and in the end we got our reward,” he said.

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