Germany to renew iconic rivalry against Netherlands in Euro qualifier clash

Germany to renew iconic rivalry against Netherlands in Euro qualifier clash

Germany will host the Netherlands on Friday evening in what will be the highlight match of the ongoing Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The match in Hamburg will be the second time the two sides clash this year, having met in the reverse fixture in March, with the Germans emerging 3-2 winners with a last-minute winner by Nico Schulz. 

Germany are currently second in the group and well aware that they will reclaim first spot from surprise package Nothern Ireland with a win on Friday night.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, who is in red-hot form in Bundesliga with five goals from three matches, will most likely lead the side's hunt for goals, while they will be happy to have Manuel Neuer back in goal. 

The Netherlands, on the other hand, will be led by European defender of the year Virgil van Dijk, who will play alongside Juventus new signing Matthijs de Ligt.

The team's only worry will perhaps be in the final third as Mephis Depay seems like the only source of goals, with Luuk de Jong struggling for consistency.

The side will, however, be buoyed by their recent exploits in the UEFA Nations League, where they reached the finals before losing to Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. 

Probable line-ups

Germany: Neuer (c), Ginter, Süle, Tah – Klostermann, Kimmich, Kroos, Schulz – Reus – Werner, Gnabry

Coach: Joachim Löw

Netherlands: Cillissen, Dumfries, de Ligt, van Dijk (c), Blind – de Roon, F. de Jong, Wijnaldum – Bergwijn, Depay, Babel

Coach: Ronald Koeman

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