Netherlands 2-1 Germany, De Koel Stadium
(Groenen 16′, van de Donk 60′ — Freigang 44′)
Within the remaining showdown of this mini-tournament, Germany have been lastly made to pay for his or her imprecision at each ends of the pitch.
“We merely have to attain objectives. I felt like tearing my hair out immediately,” Voss-Tecklenburg stated afterwards.
After each side had overwhelmed Belgium — the third nation on this sequence of friendlies between three nations’ bidding to host the 2027 World Cup — the stage was set for probably the most anticipated sport.
Unaided by the absence of talismanic centre-back Marina Hegering (muscle issues), Germany’s cohesion suffered as a again 4 with three new faces struggled to gel.
The Dutch assault provided a stark distinction. Voss-Tecklenburg had warned beforehand of the Dutch’s well-established rhythms, and proof got here within the type of Jackie Groenen’s opening aim. Vivianne Miedema charged deep into the field to gather a via ball, earlier than discovering her unmarked teammate with an instinctive no-look lay-off.
Whereas the hosts celebrated Groenen’s finely struck first-time end, their friends gawped at one another, waved their arms, and exchanged views about precisely who was at fault.
Laura Freigang received Germany stage nevertheless it did not final lengthy
Degree, however not for lengthy
The Dutch might need been favorites, however this Germany workforce is not any stranger to itself. Expertise and type received them again within the sport. Svenja Huth completely picked out the run of Laura Freigang, who scored her fifth worldwide aim in her fourth worldwide look.
The equalizer had arrived towards the run of play, and it enlivened the friends, who carried their momentum into the second half. However then it was the house aspect’s flip to strike a shock blow.
German right-back Sophia Kleinherne gambled with possession on the midway line and misplaced, inviting a ruthless Dutch assault. Merle Frohms did her finest, deflecting Jill Roord’s shot onto the bar, however Danielle van de Donk mopped up the rebound.
There was no reply from Germany, who have been wasteful going ahead, as soon as once more failing to make their strain depend. Klara Bühl had a number of clear-cut possibilities to deliver her workforce stage, however the rating remained unchanged.
“[Klara Bühl] additionally has matches the place she has two possibilities and scores two objectives,” stated Voss-Tecklenburg afterwards. “I’m positive there’ll be video games sooner or later the place she’ll discover the web once more, relatively than simply hitting the goalkeeper or blasting it over.”
Germany might need received away with poor composure in entrance of aim towards Belgium, nevertheless it was at all times going to be a distinct story towards the Netherlands. Their incapacity to stage the scores meant they suffered their first loss for the reason that 2019 World Cup.
Within the Netherlands, Germany lastly met the world-class opponent they’d lengthy been thirsting for. This was the real check that their most up-to-date fixtures have been unable to supply, and primarily based on the scoreline, it wasn’t a check they handed. The query is whether or not Voss-Tecklenburg’s workforce can be taught the required classes in an effort to stand a critical probability of competing for titles sooner or later.