Tuesday 10 December 2019

Late equaliser against Germany puts Oranje in Nations League semis

Virgil Van Dijk, left, Frenkie De Jong celebrate after the Oranje win. Photo: AP Photo/Martin Meissner via HH

A Virgil van Dijk goal in the 91st minute of the game gave the Netherlands a much-need 2-2 draw against Germany on Monday night, propelling the Dutch into the semi-finals of the Uefa Nations League.

Oranje will now join Switzerland, Portugal and England in the lucrative end to the tournament, which will take place in Portugal in early June.

Despite the fightback coach Ronald Koeman told broadcaster NOS after the game he was not impressed with the way his team played. ‘We did not put in enough energy and we were not stable enough up front,’ he said. ‘Everyone played worse than against the French’. Oranje beat world champions France 2-0 on Friday.

Nevertheless, the squad ‘showed character’ he said. ‘And we showed that there is a big future in this team.’

Match report

Oranje captain Van Dijk was also praised after the match for the way he comforted referee Ovidiu Hategan, who had been told at half time his mother had died.

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