A dramatic comeback sent the Netherlands to the UEFA Nations League final after ending a year of German nightmares with more disappointment in Monday's 2-2 draw.
Comeback also means that the Netherlands meets the conditions in front of the world champions France. In the 2-0 minute to Germany in the 85th minute, Dutch hopes of reaching the final of the Nation League seemed long gone.
But the Quincy Promes fired a shot past Manuel Neuer, and Virgil van Dijk followed with a second goal from close range for the point needed by the Netherlands. For all the talks of their young players, more experienced Dutch personnel make a difference.
After failing to qualify for two consecutive major tournaments, the Netherlands is widely considered the favorite for relegation in the National League when it was drawn against Germany and France in January.
With Ronald Koeman in his first year as a coach and the Ajax team Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong gave the team young energy shots, the Dutch proved it once again belonged to the continent's big names. At home, the Netherlands beat Germany 3-0 and new world champions France 2-0, but struggled to maintain the same form for the final five minutes of Monday's match. Germany have been relegated to League B, capping year coach Joachim Loew has been called a "slap in the face" after the group stage exit at the World Cup.
Denmark 0-0 Ireland
Georgia 2-1 Kazakhstan
Andorra 0-0 Latvia
Czech Republic Slovakia 1-0
Liechtenstein 2-2 Armenia
Macedonia 4-0 Gibraltar
Bulgaria 1-1 Slovenia
Cyprus 0-2 Norway
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