Van Dijk volley sends Dutch to Nations League finals

Paola Ditto
Novembre 20, 2018

The Dutch, on the road to recovery under new manager Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for the last two major tournaments, topped League A Group 1 due to a better head-to-head record despite finishing level on seven points with France.

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.

After the demotion to the second-tier was confirmed, Low admitted he's likely to repay the faith in the core of the squad the eased to a 3-0 win over Russian Federation in their last worldwide friendly. "We worked so hard for every game and to get rewards for that is fantastic".

Elsewhere in the Nations League, goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher was an unused substitute for Republic of Ireland as they played out a goalless stalemate with Denmark.

Gelsenkirchen - Virgil van Dijk sent the Netherlands into the Nations League semi-finals after completing a dramatic comeback from two goals down with a 91st-minute equaliser that saw the Dutch snatch 2-2 draw away to Germany on Monday.

Ibrahimovic, himself a history-maker through his all-time record of 62 goals for the Swedish national team, has suggested the Germany head coach's role could change hands for the first time in over a decade.

"Obviously we now need to keep going for the 90 minutes, to play strong and good football".

"We fought to come back in the second half and pressed".

"That's the price you pay for having a young side, we have to learn to close a game down", said Low, who started only three 2014 World Cup winners in Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Manuel Neuer.

"At the end, we weren't rewarded and everything fell apart again".

Yet Loew, who has a contract until the 2022 World Cup, has kept his job and looks safe until the Euro 2020 finals.

Despite Germany's bad showing at this summer's World Cup, few people expected them to be relegated from this group with a game left to play.

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