Netherlands are into the UEFA Nations League final four after two late goals rescued a 2-2 draw against Germany. 

Needing just a point to top Group 1, Ronald Koeman made two changes to the side that defeated France on Friday with Kenny Tete and Quincy Promes replacing Denzel Dumfries and an injured Steven Bergwijn.

Netherlands looked tired from the start and fell behind in the ninth minute when Timo Werner’s volley surprised Jasper Cillessen and flew into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Leroy Sane’s strike deflected off Tete and beat Cillessen.

After a poor opening phase, Netherlands looked to respond but the closest they came was a Memphis Depay free-kick which hit the wall and a Daley Blind cross, which was nearly put into his own net by Niklas Süle. Oranje also lost Ryan Babel to injury as Javairo Dilrosun came on for his debut.

Werner almost made it 3-0 seconds into the second half as Netherlands struggled to deal with the German attack. Koeman swapped the poor Georginio Wijnaldum for Tonny Vilhena, while Dilrosun was forced off after a hamstring issue, with Luuk de Jong coming on.

The changes helped Netherlands get a grip on the game and Memphis went close with a drive pushed around the post by Manuel Neuer. Five minutes before the end, Promes did pull one back with a nice curled finish after being set up by Marten de Roon.

The last five minutes were exciting at both ends but in the 90th minute, Vilhena’s cross was met by Virgil van Dijk, who volleyed in the equaliser.

The point seals Netherlands place as group winners and they progress into the final four alongside England, Portugal and Switzerland. It also means, Netherlands have a play-off spot for Euro 2020, should they fail to finish in the top two of their qualifying group.




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