Van Dijk snatches a point from Germany and a finals ticket for the Netherlands

first_imgGermany Netherlands into Nations League finals after 2-2 draw with Germany – as it happened Read more Pinterest Virgil van Dijk scored a last-minute equaliser with a fierce volley against already relegated Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday night to secure the Netherlands a week in Portugal next June for the finals of the Nations League. “In the competitive games we’ve played this season, I think that might have been our eighth debutant, and the players are getting used to playing with each other. The players are bedding in, young players coming on. This is international football, this is a massive step up for a number of our players, but they are trying to adjust.” Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Friday 16 NovemberLeague A, Group 1: Netherlands 2-0 FranceB1: Slovakia 4-1 UkraineB4: Wales 1-2 DenmarkC3: Cyprus 1-1 Bulgaria, Slovenia 1-1 NorwayD4: Gibraltar 2-6 Armenia, Liechtenstein 0-2 FYR Macedonia “There is still much to improve, we have seen that again today, but this team has shown that it has a bright future ahead,” Koeman said.The Republic of Ireland ended their year on a positive note with a 0-0 draw in Denmark, though they barely threatened in the match. Christian Eriksen went close when he curled a 42nd-minute free-kick inches over the Irish crossbar and Nicolai Jørgensen saw a shot come back off a post in the second period. “Overall, in terms of creativity [we were ] maybe not completely there, but I thought the commitment was absolutely excellent against a very strong Danish team,” said Martin O’Neill, the Republic manager. Sunday 18 NovemberLeague A, Group 2: Switzerland 5-2 BelgiumA4: England 2-1 Croatia B3: Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria C2: Hungary 2-0 Finland, Greece 0-1 EstoniaD2: San Marino 0-2 Belarus, Moldova 1-1 Luxembourg  Show Nations League Share on Pinterest Netherlands Show Was this helpful? news Slovakia were relegated from group B after losing 1-0 to the Czech Republic. A point would have been enough to secure the Czechs’ survival in a group that had already been won by Ukraine but Roma’s Patrik Schick gave them some comfort. Share on WhatsApp The Dutch rallied after Quincy Promes pulled a goal back with five minutes remaining and set up a nervous finale for Germany, who had dominated throughout and looked good value for their 2-0 lead, a result which would have sent France through as group winners. Ronald Koeman’s side will join Portugal, Switzerland and England (the highest ranked of the four by Fifa) in the finals. The draw will be made in Dublin on 3 December.The Netherlands, who defeated Germany 3-0 in Amsterdam last month, made a cautious start but they fell behind after nine minutes when Timo Werner fired a low drive past Jasper Cillessen from 25 yards. Leroy Sané added a second 11 minutes later when his left-foot shot from 18 yards went in with the aid of a deflection off Tete.Germany knocked the ball around with total confidence in the second half and should have been out of sight but Promes’ fine goal changed the mood. Van Dijk stayed up the pitch on the assistant manager’s orders and got the reward after a cross into the box was headed on. It also ensured Germany finished without a win in group A. Facebook The formatThe first semi-final, between hosts Portugal and Switzerland, takes place in Porto on Wednesday 5 June (7.45pm BST). England’s semi-final against Netherlands is on Thursday (7.45pm) in Guimaraes.The winners progress to Sunday’s final in Porto (7.45pm), and there’s also a third-place play-off in Guimaraes on the same day (2pm). Share on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Thursday 15 NovemberLeague A, Group 2: Belgium 2-0 IcelandA4: Croatia 3-2 SpainB3: Austria 0-0 Bosnia-HerzegovinaC2: Hungary 2-0 Estonia, Greece 1-0 FinlandD1: Kazakhstan 1-1 Latvia, Andorra 1-1 GeorgiaD2: Luxembourg 0-2 Belarus, San Marino 0-1 Moldovacenter_img Share via Email Monday 19 NovemberLeague A, Group 1: Germany 2-2 NetherlandsB1: Czech Republic 1-0 SlovakiaB4: Denmark 0-0 Republic of IrelandC3: Cyprus 0-2 Norway, Bulgaria 1-1 SloveniaD1: Georgia 2-1 Kazakhstan, Andorra 0-0 LatviaD4: FYR Macedonia 4-0 Gibraltar, Liechtenstein 2-2 Armenia Nicolai Jørgensen hits the post for Denmark in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho/Rex/Shutterstock Republic of Ireland Share on Facebook Photograph: Pierre Albouy/X03420 Hide Share on LinkedIn Topics Ups and downs so farLeague AFinals: Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, EnglandRelegated: Germany, Iceland, Poland, CroatiaLeague BPromoted: Ukraine, Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina, DenmarkRelegated: Slovakia, Turkey, N Ireland, Rep of IrelandLeague CPromoted: Scotland, Finland, Norway, SerbiaRelegated: Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, CyprusLeague DPromoted: Georgia, Belarus, Kosovo, Macedonia Saturday 17 NovemberLeague A, Group 3: Italy 0-0 PortugalB2: Turkey 0-1 SwedenC1: Albania 0-4 ScotlandC4: Serbia 2-1 Montenegro, Romania 3-0 LithuaniaD3: Azerbaijan 2-0 Faroe Islands, Malta 0-5 Kosovo  Tuesday 20 NovemberLeague A, Group 3: Portugal 1-1 PolandB2: Sweden 2-0 RussiaC1: Scotland 3-2 IsraelC4: Serbia 4-1 Lithuania, Montenegro 0-1 RomaniaD3: Malta 1-1 Faroe Islands, Kosovo 4-0 Azerbaijan How they qualifiedAll four sides won their groups in League A. England made it with a comeback win over Croatia at Wembley, while Netherlands scored two late goals to draw with Germany and deny France. Portugal topped the group of potential hosts ahead of Italy and Poland, and Switzerland pipped Belgium on head-to-head record with a 5-2 win in Lucerne. Twitter What do the winners get?The inaugural Nations League winners will receive an elaborate trophy (pictured above), as well as a total prize pot of €10.5m (£9.36m). The winners will not qualify for Euro 2020 automatically, however. Was this helpful? Hide Quick guide Nations League finals Thank you for your feedback. Denmark Quick guide Nations League fixtures and results Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more