Netherlands came back from 0-2 down to level things up in dramatic fashion against Germany as they marched on to the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League in style.
The Germans raced into a 2-0 lead within the first 20 minutes of the game, courtesy of goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane. The Germans looked compact and poised for a comfortable victory, their first in the tournament.
However, it was not to be as Quincy Promes scored a beautiful curling goal in the 85th minute. Soon after, in the 91st minute, Liverpool star and Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk volleyed home from close range to level things up. The Germans were completely stunned, and none more than forward Thomas Muller.
“It’s a strange feeling, as it was a positive performance – which we have been waiting a while for,” he told the DFB’s official website. “We used the momentum from the last two games and there were many positives to take from the game. We defended well for 82 minutes and put together some good attacks.
One thing I would say is that we should have made it 3-0 and sealed the win. Suddenly it was 2-2 and the referee has blown for full time – it was like a horror film. The team didn’t deserve to not win the game, but this result is typical of our year in general.
Ultimately we want to take the positives into our next few games. I’m certain that we are going in the right direction.
None of us can see into the future, but it is clear that the side is having more playing together and feels more united. We enjoy each other’s successes and want to work together to improve certain things. We know that we are making progress still. But I am sad that we are here talking about draw and not a convincing 3-0 win.”
The draw brought to an end a dreadful run for the Germans in the tournament, as they managed to remain winless in their four games, drawing two and losing as many. The Germans will be looking to forget a disastrous 2018, where they crashed out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stages, and got relegated in the UEFA Nations League – and rebuild towards a more successful 2019.