Holland win U21 Euro thriller

Substitute Leroy Fer headed the winner as Holland Under-21s prevailed after a fightback by Germany U21s to win 3-2.

Last Updated: 07/06/13 at 09:49 Post Comment

Leroy Fer: Scored the winning goal when converting Marco van Ginkel's corner

Leroy Fer: Scored the winning goal when converting Marco van Ginkel's corner

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

First-half goals from Adam Maher and Georginio Wijnaldum put the Dutch into a commanding lead in the European U21 Championship Group B clash in Petah Tikva, but they were pegged back immediately after the break by a Sebastian Rudy penalty.

Germany hit the woodwork through Kevin Volland before Lewis Holtby equalised with a low 20-yard drive. However, Fer's late header from a corner gave the Jong Oranje all three points.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Holtby captained Germany, while reported Arsenal target Matthias Ginter lined up in central defence.

The Freiburg teenager was not the only Premier League transfer target on show, however.

PSV Eindhoven's Kevin Strootman and Vitesse's Marco van Ginkel - interesting Manchester United and Chelsea respectively - both started in Holland's midfield.

England U21 head coach Stuart Pearce and his assistant Phil Neville were both in the stands at HaMoshava to watch the game, along with a sizeable contingent of Oranje fans from the Netherlands.

Germany fell behind on 24 minutes when Ola John slipped a pass inside from the left and Maher struck home a firm, low shot, with Bernd Leno wrong-footed.

Holland doubled their lead before the break, Wijnaldum making a surging run infield off the right flank and unleashing a fierce shot from the edge of the box. Leno got a hand to the drive but could not prevent the ball bouncing over the line.

Germany pulled a goal back shortly after the break as Holtby broke into the area and was brought down by Jeroen Zoet. Rudy confidently stuck away the spot-kick.

The goal gave Germany an obvious confidence boost, and with Holtby orchestrating their attacks, substitute Volland was unfortunate to see his rasping drive bounce down off the crossbar and hit Zoet on the back.

Florian Jozefzoon was thwarted by Leno when he was put through one-on-one in the 70th minute. But with Germany continuing to push forward, skipper Holtby levelled the match with a strong shot from 20 yards after coming inside from the left channel.

However, Fer would have the final word. After Tony Jantschke had made a saving tackle, the powerful midfielder rose highest to head home the resulting van Ginkel set-piece and seal the points for the Dutch.

They play Russia on Sunday, when Germany take on Spain.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Mail Box

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

There Are Mitigating Circumstances For LVG

One Mailboxer is admant there are mitigating circumstances to LVG's struggles at Manchester Utd and he offers his four signings for next season...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company