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World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.

After a year of problems off the field - and humiliation on it - the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned the Germans a confidence-boosting 3-2 win over the Netherlands on Sunday in a European Championship qualifier.

"It's good for the self-belief of this young team," said Germany coach Joachim Loew. "I can live with criticism. I know what our potential is."

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