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Netherlands vs Germany Player Ratings 2019 | Holland 2:3 Deutschland

Germany sprang an upset of sorts by beating Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands at the Amsterdam. Serge Gnabry’s 34th minute wonder strike was the highlight of the first half at the end of which Jogi Low’s side 2-0. Netherlands fought back through goals from De Ligt and Memphis, but Germany stole it at the death thanks to Nico Schulz.

Here are the player ratings for the game courtesy the German media (Bild & Kicker). Leroy Sane, Gnabry and Schulz, as the scorers of Germany’s goals, were the best rated players. Sane continued from where he had left off in the draw against Serbia. The best Dutch player on show, according to these ratings was Lyon’s Depay.

The worst appeared to be PSG right back Thilo Kehrer, who got a 3.5 in Kicker and a 4 in Bild.

Netherlands vs Germany Player Ratings 2019

Holland vs Germany Player Ratings 2019

Germany player ratings vs Serbia 2019 (1:1 draw friendly)

How did Germany and Joachim Low’s first international game after the axing of key Bayern trio Muller, Hummels and Boateng go? Die Mannschaft drew 1:1 with Serbia. The visitors took the lead through Luka Jovic, who plies his trade in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt. FCB medio Leon Goretzka, a sub for Julian Brandt, equalised for the home side.

Most of Germany’s starting lineup, bar Sane and Gundogan didn’t do very well. Serbia’s starting XI certainly did better than their German counterparts, but Marco Reus and Goretzka both had positive impacts from the bench for the home side.

The worst player on the evening went to Milan Pavkov, the Serbian second half substitute who saw a straight red in second half stoppage time for a horror tackle on Sane.

Ratings for Germany 1:1 Serbia below.

Germany’s next game is against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday.


Nani, Eder, Andre Gomes fail to make cut as Portugal announce squad

Nani, Eder and Andre Gomes were among the big names missing out as Portugal announced their 23 man squad for the World Cup. Other notable exclusions were Ruben Neves, who has had a stellar reason with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship and Nelson Semedo.

A total of 10 players who were in the Seleccao’s Euro 2016 winning squad failed to make the cut, with Danilo, Renato Sanches, Eduardo, Ricardo Carvalho, Eliseu, Vierinha and Rafa Silva also excluded by coach Fernando Santos.

Portugal Squad

Dortmund & Atalanta fined by UEFA for Europa League transgressions

German outfit Borussia Dortmund and Italian side Atalanta have both been fined by European football’s governing organisation UEFA for their transgressions in the Europa League clash that took place between the two teams earlier this year.

Somewhat bizarrely, Atalanta, who had the charges of racist abuse towards BVB’s Michy Batshuayi levied upon them, were only fined 34,000 euros while Dortmund were slapped with a 40,000 euro fine. Belgian international Batshuayi, obviously not pleased with the verdict, took to social media side Twitter to sarcastically mock UEFA, saying “Lol, Must be my imagination. It’s just monkey noises who cares

Here are the charges and the full ruling below.

Dortmund Atalanta Fines UEFA

Poland-Korea Republic 3:2 27 March 2018 | Zielinski stunner helps Poland prevail

A fantastic strike deep into second half stoppage time from Napoli’s Zielinski helped Adam Nawalka’s Poland beat Korea Republic 3:2 in a thrilling friendly at Stadion Slaski and end their three game winless streak.

Poland went ahead through Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski’s 32nd minute header and the provider of the assist for the first goal, Hull’s Kamil Grosicki, made it 2:0 for the home side just before half time.

Poland Korea 2018

Nawalka’s men appeared to be cruising towards victory but Korea scored twice in as many minutes (85 and 87) to turn the game on its head.

However Zielinski provided the final twist, with his superb left footed strike sealing victory for Poland Continue reading Poland-Korea Republic 3:2 27 March 2018 | Zielinski stunner helps Poland prevail