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Fer has final word as Netherlands down Germany

Published: Thursday 6 June 2013, 22.35CET
Netherlands 3-2 Germany
Leroy Fer's 90th-minute header gave Cor Pot's men an opening win after they had let slip a two-goal lead in an end-to-end game in Petah Tikva.
by Sam Adams
from Ha Moshava

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NetherlandsGermany

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
7
Corners8
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
6
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 14:41 CET

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Published: Thursday 6 June 2013, 22.35CET

Fer has final word as Netherlands down Germany

Netherlands 3-2 Germany
Leroy Fer's 90th-minute header gave Cor Pot's men an opening win after they had let slip a two-goal lead in an end-to-end game in Petah Tikva.

In a game which swung one way, then the other, the Netherlands earned an opening Group B victory against Germany after Leroy Fer's late winner.

Cor Pot's team looked destined to take the three points at half-time when Adam Maher and Georginio Wijnaldum's superb 38th-minute solo effort put the Jong Oranje in charge. Sebastian Rudy got one back from the spot right after the break, and Lewis Holtby looked to have completed a great comeback before Fer had the final word.

Both coaches predicted an open game at the start of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship journey, yet it was the Netherlands who showed the real adventure early on. Germany's back line rebuffed a flurry of early attacks, but had Bernd Leno to thank for beating away Maher's effort from 12 metres out after the AZ Alkmaar man was picked out well by Kevin Strootman.

The goalkeeper was deceived midway through the half, though, when John slipped in Maher and he hit a swerving shot that arrowed low into the net. Maher then released Luuk de Jong only for Leno to block well, before a moment of magic from Wijnaldum doubled the Dutch lead. The PSV Eindhoven winger received the ball with his back to goal, spun and embarked on a run that took out three opposing defenders before hitting a high drive that Leno palmed into the air, but could not quite stop creeping over the line.

Rudy shot narrowly wide soon after but it was the Netherlands' half. Within a minute of the restart that dominant air was shaken. Substitute Kevin Volland dispossessed Stefan de Vrij, slipped in Lewis Holtby and Jeroen Zoet brought him down. Rudy calmly halved the deficit and Rainer's team were suddenly a different proposition, with Volland a central figure.

The TSV 1860 München forward hit the underside of the bar, and Zoet smothered Christian Clemens' rebound. Holtby brushed the side netting and although Florian Jozefzoon was denied one-on-one with Leno, it was now Germany who were firmly on top. With nine minutes remaining, they broke through, Holtby running across the face of the opposition box and driving low into the bottom corner.

Germany looked likely winners, but Fer came off the bench and after setting his sights with one header, powered in a 90th-minute corner to settle an encounter every bit as entertaining as the teams' coaches predicted.

Last updated: 10/06/13 1.00CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Germany

Germany

1
ZoetJeroen Zoet (GK)
Yellow Card46
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
2
JantschkeTony Jantschke
3
De VrijStefan de Vrij
3
TheskerStefan Thesker
Yellow Card42
4
Martins IndiBruno Martins Indi
6
RudySebastian Rudy
Goal47
5
BlindDaley Blind
8
RodeSebastian Rode
Substitution80
8
StrootmanKevin Strootman (C)
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby (C)
Goal81
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
11
MlapaPeniel Mlapa
Substitution39
10
MaherAdam Maher
Goal24
Substitution82
13
GinterMatthias Ginter
11
JohnOla John
Substitution82
16
SorgOliver Sorg
15
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
Goal38
Substitution68
18
HerrmannPatrick Herrmann
18
Van GinkelMarco van Ginkel
21
LasoggaPierre-Michelle Lasogga
Yellow Card52
Substitution61

Substitutes

16
BizotMarco Bizot (GK)
23
HornTimo Horn (GK)
23
MarsmanNick Marsman (GK)
12
BaumannOliver Baumann (GK)
6
ClasieJordy Clasie
4
SobiechLasse Sobiech
7
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon
Substitution68
5
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
12
LeerdamKelvin Leerdam
7
FunkPatrick Funk
13
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
9
VollandKevin Volland
Substitution39
14
NuytinckBram Nuytinck
14
PolterSebastian Polter
Substitution80
17
FerLeroy Fer
Substitution82
Goal90
17
RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
19
Trindade de VilhenaTonny Trindade de Vilhena
19
ClemensChristian Clemens
Substitution61
20
Van AanholtPatrick van Aanholt
20
MoritzChristoph Moritz
21
HoesenDanny Hoesen
22
CanEmre Can
22
DepayMemphis Depay
Substitution82

Coach

Cor Pot (NED) Rainer Adrion (GER)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Dmitri Zhuk (BLR), Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)

Fourth official

Danny Krasikow (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Kristo Tohver (EST), Kenn Hansen (DEN)

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