Schulz strikes late to give Germany dramatic win over plucky Netherlands

New-look Germany got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a stunning start courtesy of a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 victory away to the Netherlands.

Joachim Low’s young side produced an exciting first-half attacking display, with goals from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry laying the foundations for a first success at the home of their rivals since 1996. 

Ryan Babel saw two big opportunities brilliantly saved by Manuel Neuer before the hosts hit back in the second period through Matthijs de Ligt’s first senior goal for his country.

Leroy Sane of Germany celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mates during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group C qualifying match between Netherlands and Germany at Johan Cruijff ArenA on March 24, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Leroy Sane of Germany celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mates during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group C qualifying match between Netherlands and Germany at Johan Cruijff ArenA on March 24, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Getty Images

Ronald Koeman’s team were completely transformed and Memphis Depay continued his brilliant form for his country with a clinical low drive just past the hour. 

The Netherlands looked the more likely to snare a winner, but it was the visitors who got it in the last minute when Nico Schulz steered in substitute Marco Reus‘ cut back from the left. 

The result means Oranje failed to build on their opening Group C win over Belarus, while optimism within Germany will have risen after a year of difficult results.

Next up, Netherlands turns their attention to the Nations League semi-final with England on June 6, while Germany visit Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying two days later. 

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