Netherlands secured a massive 4-2 win against Germany in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday.
Seeking revenge for their 3-2 defeat to Joachim Low’s side in March, Netherlands came out on top in a thrilling encounter in Hamburg.
Late goals from Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum gave Ronaldo Koeman’s team all three points and it was a memorable evening for Frenkie de Jong, too.
The Barcelona midfielder conceded the penalty that allowed Toni Kroos to tie the game at 2-2 in the 73rd minute, but he also scored his first goal for his country to make it 1-1.
In the 59th minute, De Jong fired home from close range after getting on the end of Ryan Babel’s cross.
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“Great 2-4 win and first goal for the National Team.. 🦁🇳🇱,” the 22-year-old wrote on Twitter after the match.
De Jong produced a fine performance in midfield, finishing with a pass completion rate of 93%.
He won possession 11 times, had two interceptions, completed two key passes and also had two successful dribbles.
De Jong has struggled to reach the heights that everyone knows he can play at since his move to Barcelona.
Last month he won the UEFA Midfielder of the Season award for his spellbinding performances in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final.
But Barcelona supporters are waiting to see the same level of displays in Spain - and they’re putting the blame firmly on coach Ernesto Valverde’s shoulders.
Indeed, De Jong’s performances for Ajax, and against Germany on Friday, suggest Valverde’s system isn’t getting the best out of the £65 million man.
Check out his highlights in the Germany win below.
Someone may want to show Valverde that video.
Netherlands’ win leaves them in third place in Group C of Euro 2020 qualifying, three points behind Germany with a game in hand.
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