Virgil Van Dijk consoled recently bereaved referee after Netherlands win

Virgil Van Dijk consoled recently bereaved referee after Netherlands win

Sure enough, with the Netherlands trailing 2-1 and chasing the game, it was Van Dijk who volleyed home a 90th-minute equaliser to propel his side into the final four of the Nations League.

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

However, their quick young frontline, nicknamed "the moped gang", looked promising and lived up to their tag as 22-year-olds Werner and Sane, plus Serge Gnabry, 23, frightened the Dutch defence with their speed, especially in the first half.

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It's hard not to love Virgil van Dijk right now - especially if you're Dutch.

Ronald Koeman's team join Portugal, England and Switzerland, who shocked Belgium on Sunday, in the final four next summer.

Highlights of the Nations League Group A1 match between Germany and the Netherlands.

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Germany face the Netherlands on Monday in their last Nations League group game, having already been relegated, and are looking to cap a awful year with a good performance. However, the boost to their morale didn't last long, because the Dutch victory over France 24 hours later doomed the Germans to relegation. "I think we should be all proud of ourselves - I'm certainly very proud of my team", Van Dijk, the Holland captain said after the match.

They then earned a last-gasp equaliser through Van Dijk to book their spot in the new competition's finals in Portugal.

Netherlands' players celebrate with the fans after the UEFA Nations League football match Germany v the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on November 19, 2018.

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Ten minutes later the Germans would go two up when Leroy Sane's shot from a Toni Kroos pass over the top of the Dutch defence took a deflection and found the back of the net off the fingers of an outstretched Cillessen to make it 2-0.

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