Donyell Malen could hardly believe his luck after he had marked his Netherlands debut with a memorable goal. The PSV striker had a great impact on the massive 4-2 victory over Germany in a thrilling Euro 2020 qualifying Group C clash in Hamburg on Friday night. Netherlands are in a strong position now to reach next year’s European Championship.
Malen replaced De Roon on 58 minutes when the Netherlands were a goal down. One minute later, Frenkie de Jong levelled and Ronald Koeman’s side went ahead in the 66th minute when Jonathan Tah put the ball into his own net. Kroos slotted home an equaliser from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute when Matthijs de Ligt blocked a cross and inadvertently saw the ball loop down onto his arm. Memphis picked out Gini Wijnaldum who squared the ball for Malen who coolly tapped home a debut goal. Wijnaldum completed the win in the first minute of added time. Malen said it was a boy’s dream come true to score his first goal for his country. “I thought maybe he didn’t see me, but then Gini Wijnaldum delivered the perfect cross and I kept my calm to slot home”, said Malen.
Following the win, Netherlands have six points from three games, while Germany have nine points from four matches. Northern Ireland top Group C with four wins from four games but they will face both Netherlands and Germany twice. Denzel Dumfries was handed a start. The PSV right back was taken off on 58 minutes. Netherlands meet Estonia on Monday.
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