Lewis Holtby was excellent throughout Germany's European Under-21 opener against the Netherlands, but his team struggled to create chances in the early going. Meanwhile, his defense and goalkeeper didn't really do him any favors. Bernd Leno should have done a lot better on both of Holland's goals, but Germany pulled one back through a penalty just after halftime.
Unfortunately for the Germans, very little was going right for them following the penalty. They didn't look to have many ideas, so Holtby decided to take it upon himself to beat a couple of defenders and place a great finish past Jeroen Zoet in the 81st minute with his right foot, leveling the match at 2-2.
However, Germany eventually lost. Womp womp.
Besides the goal, Holtby showed off his range of passing regularly, dropping deep from his central attacking midfield place to pick up the ball and distribute, often with long diagonals. It was an excellent all-around showing from him, even if it did come in a youth tournament, and it'll be nice if this spell with the German Under-21s is what sparks a turn in form for him.