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UEFA Nations League

Dutch Through To Nations League Finals, France Miss Out

UEFA Nations League 

Result: Germany 2-2 Netherlands

Date: 19 November 2018

Venue: VELTINS-Arena 

Netherlands secured their spot in the UEFA Nations League finals after rallying back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Germany on Monday night.

The Dutch needed at least a point after they defeated France 2-1 on Friday, while Germany were only playing for pride.

Despite Germany's struggles, they broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion as Timo Werner sent a powerful volley past Jasper Cillessen after just nine minutes.

It got better for the home side ten minutes later when Leroy Sane latched on to Toni Kroos' long ball before firing home with a deflected effort.

The visitors, meanwhile, were struggling to mount any openings going forward as talisman Memphis Depay was kept quiet throughout the half.
 
As a result, Germany went into the break leading by two goals.
 
With the Dutch desperate for a result, Ronald Koeman threw on the likes of Javairô Dilrosun, Tonny Vilhena and Luuk de Jong in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
 
Joachim Low responded by introducing Thomas Muller and Marco Reus after the hour, with the former making his 100th appearance for the side.
 
However, the Dutch's hope of a comeback was strengthened in the 84th minute when Quincy Promes curled home a superb strike from the edge of the box.
 
Six minutes later, the comeback was complete when captain Virgil van Dijk sent a volley into the bottom corner from 12-yards.
 
Netherlands now join Portugal, England, and Switzerland in the finals, which will take place next year.
 
Other result:

League B

Czech Republic 1-0 Slovakia
Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland
 
League C
Bulgaria 1-1 Slovenia
Cyprus 0-2 Norway
 
League D
Andorra 0-0 Latvia
Georgia 2-1 Kazakhstan
Macedonia 4-0 Gibraltar
Liechtenstein 2-2 Armenia
 

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