Dramatic late five-minute fightback seals Netherlands draw against Germany

Dramatic late five-minute fightback seals Netherlands draw against Germany

Virgil van Dijk hit a stunning last-minute equaliser to send the Netherlands to the Nations League semi-finals on the penultimate night of internationals.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are set to be the key stars in the line-up, with the latter to be given a free role in the No 10 slot.

"I wished him strength and said that he had done well".

Quincy Promes gave them a fighting chance of progressing with a finessed effort in the 85th minute before Liverpool defender Van Dijk stole the headlines at the death, hammering home Tonny Vilhena's cross past Manuel Neuer.

The culmination of this particular streak was also a first; never before had Germany lost by three goals or more in 23 meetings with the Netherlands, who happen to be their next opponents following the 3-0 win over Russian Federation last week.

Despite the fightback coach Ronald Koeman told broadcaster NOS after the game he was not impressed with the way his team played.

Switzerland also secured its place at the finals with a 5-2 drubbing of Belgium to join European champion Portugal, which qualified thanks to a 0-0 draw with Italy to top group A3. "We worked so hard for every game and to get rewards for that is fantastic". "I think we should be all proud of ourselves - I'm certainly very proud of my team", Van Dijk, the Holland captain said after the match.

Fellow goal-scorer Werner, who ended his eight-game goal drought, agreed.

They have suffered a record six defeats in the last 12 months, exited the World Cup bottom of their group and are relegated to the "B" division of the Nations League.

Another blow was delivered on Friday when the Dutch beat France to guarantee Germany's relegation in the inaugural Nations League competition.

"However, I have the feeling we are on a good path with these players and will be successful again with this young team".

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