Netherlands topped their UEFA Nations League group on Monday ahead of France and Germany. However, what does that actually mean for Oranje going forward?

There is now a trophy at stake for Ronald Koeman, who can see his side make history as the first ever Nations League winner next June. Alongside Portugal, England and Switzerland, Netherlands go into a draw on the 3rd of December for the semi-finals which will take place in Portugal between the 5th and 6th of June. Should Netherlands win, they go onto the final, but if they lose they head into a third-place playoff. Both those matches are on the 9th of June, again in Portugal.

Netherlands are also set to benefit financially with the winner of the tournament scooping €6 million, while second gets €4.5 million, third €3.5 million and even finishing fourth earns €2.5 million. For participating and finishing top of the group, Netherlands have already earned €4.5 million, so winning the tournament would take that over €10 million for the KNVB.

More importantly for the Netherlands, the draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers have become simpler for Oranje, who will be a top seed and one of the four nations that will be placed in a group of five instead of six. Should Netherlands fail to finish in the top two in their group, a playoff spot can come to the rescue. That would see Netherlands face off against four other failed qualifiers from the top division for one more spot at the tournament.

The draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers takes place on the 2nd of December at 11am in Dublin.




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