Shortly after the Netherlands fell to a 3-2 defeat to Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying on Sunday, Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman accepted that his decision of not making a late defensive substitution proved costly.
Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane gave Germany a 2-0 lead in the first half. But Memphis Depay inspired a comeback with a goal and an assist in the heavyweight Group C clash.
As the game approached a 2-2 conclusion, Nico Schulz snatched the victory off Netherlands hands by scoring a 90th-minute goal.
Interestingly, the Netherlands had never lost a home game to Germany in the last 23 years and Koeman took the responsibility for the defeat.
“I felt they were about to score around the 85th minute, we had a discussion on the bench on what to do, should we bring in [Nathan] Ake and substitute him for an attacking player? Maybe that would be a better idea. That is my mistake.” Goal.com quoted Koeman as saying.