Netherlands capitalised on two big England errors to win 3-1 after extra-time on Thursday and book their place in the UEFA Nations League final.

England defeated Netherlands 1-0 in Ronald Koeman’s first match in charge of Oranje last year but since then the Dutch national team’s fortunes have changed and they booked their place in the Nations League semi-finals with wins over France and Germany. Koeman decided to stick with his preferred eleven meaning Donny van de Beek had to settle for a place on the bench as Marten de Roon partnered Georginio Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong in midfield.

Netherlands began confidently on the ball but struggled to create anything more than half chances. Steven Bergwijn put a shot wide, while Memphis Depay wasted a two-on-one break.

England looked dangerous through the lively Jadon Sancho, but the Dutch defence was largely untroubled until a huge error from Matthijs de Ligt in the 30th minute. The Ajax captain slipped in the penalty box which allowed Marcus Rashford to take the ball off him. De Ligt slid in but got the striker and not the ball. Rashford calmly sent Jasper Cillessen the wrong way to make it 1-0 from the spot.

Rashford had the chance to make it 2-0 shortly afterwards but this time Denzel Dumfries got in with a perfect challenge to deny the Manchester United forward. De Ligt then had a chance to equalise just before the break but he put a free header wide.

Early in the second half, Sancho had a great chance to make it 2-0 but his header from close range was kept out by Cillessen. Down the other end, Memphis stole the ball from Kyle Walker and raced in on goal but he decided to shoot early and Jordan Pickford kept the low effort out.

In the 68th minute, Koeman decided to make a double change with Donny van de Beek and Quincy Promes entering the field. Netherlands applied the pressure and in the 73rd minute, De Ligt made up for his error by heading in a corner to make it 1-1.

Moments later, Promes set up van de Beek but the Ajax midfielder could only scoop his effort over the bar. England then thought they had regained their lead when Jesse Lingard found the net but his goal was rightly ruled out by VAR. The video assistant also denied Netherlands a penalty after claims of a handball by Ben Chilwell. Replays showed the ball hit the defenders back.

England put the pressure on but Netherlands also got a big chance in extra-time. Bergwijn bustled his way into the box and pulled the ball back for Memphis, who skied his shot.

The game went to extra-time and in the 97th minute, Netherlands had the lead. Memphis latched onto a poor pass by John Stones but his low strike was kept out by Pickford only for Promes to fortunately hit the rebound off Walker and into the net.

Memphis then robbed Ross Barkley of the ball in the 114th minute and set up Promes to fire Netherlands 3-1 ahead and into the final.

On Sunday, Netherlands face Portugal with the Nations League trophy up for grabs. It could be Netherlands first tournament win since the European Championships in 1988.




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