Germany 2-2 Netherlands: Late drama as Dutch secure semi-final spot

Holland manager Ronald Koeman

An injury-time equaliser by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk for the Netherlands against Germany on Monday night in the UEFA Nations League has done Croatia a favour.

However, the Netherlands looked a shadow of the team that overcame Les Bleus during the opening minutes as Germany confidently strode into a 2-0 lead.

Netherlands scored twice in the last five minutes to recover from two goals down and earn a 2-2 draw against relegated Germany in the Nations League on Monday to secure a spot in next year's finals ahead of world champions France.

Thomas Mueller reached the milestone of 100 Germany appearances as a second-half replacement, but Van Dijk dampened any celebrations for the hosts.

'I wished him strength and said that he had blown well.

"We worked so hard every game and to get rewards for that is fantastic".

Although late in coming, goals were always on the cards for the Netherlands, the team having only failed to score in one of its last 15 matches - and the Dutch have only lost two of those.

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For today's quiz, we're after the men who played in their most recent outing at a major tournament - Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, where Holland crashed out without a point and their group-mates suffered semi-final anguish against Italy.

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On Sunday, losing World Cup semifinalist England took some measure of revenge against Croatia with a 2-1 win against the team that dumped it out of this year's tournament in Russian Federation, thanks to a 85th-minute Harry Kane goal.

The final of the Nations League is scheduled to take place in Portugal in June 2019.

Germany will give young players a chance to stake a claim after suffering relegation from the UEFA Nations League Group A, coach Joachim Low has said.

It's also interesting that in an age of technology in the modern game that a simple pen and paper played such a crucial role in one of worldwide football's biggest fixtures.

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