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Germany: Dutch leave it late to reach Nation League semis02:44

Germany: Dutch leave it late to reach Nation League semis

Germany, Gelsenkirchen
November 20, 2018 at 00:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Virgil van Dijk's 90th-minute equaliser against Germany sent the Netherlands into the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League after a late fightback at the Veltins-Arena on Monday night.

Timo Werner and Leroy Sane gave already-relegated Germany a 2-0 lead going into half-time.

A host of missed chances from the Germans meant Dutch winger Quincy Promes's late goal gave the Dutch a fighting chance. Once van Dijk converted Tonny Vilhena's cross, the Dutch were assured of their place in next summer's semi-finals after finishing top of Group A1.

They will be joined by England, Portugal and Switzerland.

At the post-match press conference, a jubilant Ronald Koeman called his side "the luckiest team".

"Everybody thought that Holland will be the third in the group and we have, we have made great football tonight," he continued.

Germany's manager Joachim Loew tried to draw positives from the team's performance in the first 80 minutes, but was ultimately disappointed by the end to the game.

"That's the maybe the price of a young team that still has to learn and gain experience from such matches," Loew concluded.

Germany: Dutch leave it late to reach Nation League semis02:44
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Virgil van Dijk's 90th-minute equaliser against Germany sent the Netherlands into the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League after a late fightback at the Veltins-Arena on Monday night.

Timo Werner and Leroy Sane gave already-relegated Germany a 2-0 lead going into half-time.

A host of missed chances from the Germans meant Dutch winger Quincy Promes's late goal gave the Dutch a fighting chance. Once van Dijk converted Tonny Vilhena's cross, the Dutch were assured of their place in next summer's semi-finals after finishing top of Group A1.

They will be joined by England, Portugal and Switzerland.

At the post-match press conference, a jubilant Ronald Koeman called his side "the luckiest team".

"Everybody thought that Holland will be the third in the group and we have, we have made great football tonight," he continued.

Germany's manager Joachim Loew tried to draw positives from the team's performance in the first 80 minutes, but was ultimately disappointed by the end to the game.

"That's the maybe the price of a young team that still has to learn and gain experience from such matches," Loew concluded.

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