Van Dijk’s Late Goal Helps Netherlands Draw With Germany To Reach Nations League Finals

Tanuja Saikhom | 3 months ago

In a dramatic turnaround, an equalizer from Virgil van Dijk against Germany in 90 minutes guided the Dutch to the UEFA Nations League finals. The two late goals from the Oranje in the last five minutes rested the game 2-2 at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

Germany’s Timo Werner opened the scoring with a fantastic low shot into the corner from the edge of the box, beating the Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in just nine minutes after the kick-off. The host was dominating the game in the first half after Leroy Sané notched the second goal, beautifully sliding the ball into the left corner net in 19 minutes.

After the two comfortable goals, Joachim Löw’s side wasted several opportunities to make it 3-0. At a point, Germany were confident of taking consolation points until Quincy Promes stunned them with a strike in the 85 minutes. The match revived as Ronald Koeman's young team continued attacking on the opponent. It was followed by the equalizer from captain Van Dijk just before the final whistle.

The Netherlands’ comeback meant they maintained its top position in Group A1 ahead of world champions France, ending distraught Germany’s horrific campaign for the season.

The Germans, who suffered an early exit at the World Cup in June finished in last place with just two points. Other teams that are qualified the four-team finals in June are Switzerland, England and hosts Portugal.