Friday , May 20 2022

Virgil Van Dijk Late strike lost Holland Into Semis


"It was very difficult for us, the Germans were harsh and faster in the first half," Dutch coach Ronald Koeman admitted.

"We struggled to return to the second half and press.

"They had the chance to finish it, but the struggle and the beliefs we showed were sufficient for it."

The match was enough to send the Dutch to the Football League as the winners of the first round, while France was the second, while the German side was already in the league "B" in front of the Monday clash.

Koeman's side showed a lot of hearts against the Germans, who after 20 minutes were 2-0.

"I'm sure I'm disappointed with the result, but during the whole season I've seen more positive than negative ones," said coach Joachim Loew.

"We were punished and it's bitter.

"We played well for most matches, but we have to learn how to close things at 2-0."

Thomas Muller reached a turning point of 100 appearances in Germany as the second half substitution, but Van Dijk knocked down all the host's celebrations.

According to the description of 2018 as a "slap in the face" after a record six losses in the calendar year, Germany showed the "killer instinct" which Loew called – but only in the first half.

The trio of Sergei Gnabri, Sanea and Verner, so effective in the fourth friendly win of 3-0 over Russia, again challenged the Dutch defense without the end of the 45 minutes.

After starting the reconstruction process after the impossible display of the World Cup in Germany, which broke up after the group stages, Loew began with only three winners in Brazil in 2014 in Manuel Neuer, Matsu Hummels, and Toni Kroos.

Koeman made two changes since winning in France 2-0 on Friday, giving them a chance to qualify on Monday, while Kenny Tete took Denzel Dumfries right back and Promes on the right wing in front of Steven Bergwijn.

It took Germany only nine minutes to drop the first blow in the European heavyweight encounter.

It was not a bit when Gnabri's passage found Verner on the edge of the field, but the 22-year-old showed the cold of ice by hitting the bottom corner of the net passed by Jasper Cillessen.

Verner finished with his eight-player international players without a goal, and Sane added the others, with the help of a deformation, 11 minutes later, seemingly, he brought up the Dutch.

Again, there was little time when Toni Kroos floated a long time to Sane, who barely encountered, but he managed to get the ball and shot from the home, which he raised a defensive player while sailing past Cillessen.

Shoulder injury Ryan Babbel forced Coeman to reorganize his attack with Javairo Dilrosun, just before the half-time.

Verner fired wide after he arrived behind the defense, but since then he has begun to take over the task.

Verner made his way to the German main player Mark Reus for 27 minutes, while Loev introduced an experienced Mueller, but was not enough to defend the lead.

The Dutch achieved their first real attack when Promes crawled the ball in the 85th minute after the host's pressure was maintained.

The scene was set for Van Dijk to finish the fairy tale when he made a finishing finishing to delight the traveling fans just before the final whistle.

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