The Mechanical Orange joins Portugal, Switzerland, and England in the Final Four. Leaving out Mbappé, Griezmann, Pogba, and company by goal difference, the World Champion depended on Germany winning the game against the Netherlands and for 85 minutes France had the pass in their hands but the tulips tied a crazy game against a Germany who continues to make the same mistakes since the World Cup in Russia.
Germany remains totally unrecognizable. This new slip, although already with the elimination assured, puts again on the table of the Germans the debate of if Löw must continue being the selector of the ‘Mannschaft’. They were up 2-0 ahead, but they lowered their arms in the last minutes and Holland managed to come back in just five minutes of the final stage.
Timo Werner and Leroy Sané complicated the pass of the Netherlands with 2 early goals, Germany was with an advantage of 2 goals at minute 17 and it only cost them 5 minutes to lose it. At 85 came the goal of Quincy Promes that gave hope to those of Koeman. A few hopes that have become facts thanks to Van Dijk, who has completed the tie in the time of discount, with a right shot that enters squarely in the Dutch history.
Germany was already down but this last stumble showed that Sané is the future and the present of the team, that Muller must retire and that it is time for new ideas on the bench, they can not look for a guilty party where there is not, the generational change it is up to all the teams, Holland itself suffered it and is already back in the top 4 European teams. While Germany continues in denial will continue to stumble after stumble, the change is necessary and some teams need to cut it and others have the luxury of doing it slowly.