Two Late Goals Propel Holland Into The Final Four

Holland have joined PortugalEngland and Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League’s Final Four after Quincy Promes and Virgil van Dijk both scored in the final five minutes to earn a 2-2 draw against Germany in Gelsenkirchen.

The Germans had dominated throughout and were leading 2-0 thanks to strikes from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane, but the Dutch got the result they needed in the dying moments and progress at the expense of France.

It took just nine minutes for already-relegated Germany to go up on the scoreboard, with Werner controlling on his chest and firing past Jasper Cillessen.

Cillessen was picking the ball out his net again in the 19th minute when he had no chance against Sane‘s deflected effort and it seemed Holland‘s Friday night win over France would count for nothing.

The Dutch looked more likely to concede a third than to pull off a comeback, as Serge Gnabry had a couple of chances before the half time break and as the two goalscorers Werner and Sane missed chances in the second period.

This left Ronald Koeman‘s side with some hope and Promes scored with five minutes to go to leave them needing just one.

Then, in the final minute, they played it long to Van Dijk, who couldn’t score at the first attempt, but who then struck a powerful and memorable volley as the ball was recycled and crossed back into the area.

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