Virgil Van Dijk consoled recently bereaved referee after Netherlands win

Virgil Van Dijk consoled recently bereaved referee after Netherlands win

A closer look at Koeman's tactical note reveals his ploy to send Van Dijk up front, with the centre-back's name written next to that of (actual) forward Luuk de Jong.

Ronald Koeman's men had seemed certain to finish second behind France in Group 1 of League A when Timo Werner's first global goal since June and Leroy Sane's second in as many outings had Germany coasting.

Trailing 2-0 to Germany until the final, the Dutch side completed a remarkable late comeback as Quincy Promes netted one and Van Dijk volleyed in a brilliant equaliser.

Germany head coach Joachim Low admits there will be radical changes to the national team after the Netherlands victory over France relegated them from the top-tier of the UEFA Nations League.

Switzerland, England and hosts Portugal had already qualified for the four-team finals in June.

'I got that note from Dwight Lodeweges and Kees van Wonderen, ' Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman said the draw.

Holland's draw meant they pipped World Cup winners France to top spot and a place in the next round.

"We now want to say goodbye (to 2018) with a good performance and show the fans that we are on the right track to recovery", Loew told a news conference.

Werner made way for Germany's chief playmaker Marco Reus with 27 minutes left as Loew also introduced the experienced Mueller, but it was not enough to defend the lead.

"Our focus however is now like it was before - exclusively on qualifying for the European Championship, where we want to send a strong team out".

"We should have scored the third goal, then you run the game down, but it didn't work out like that".

Despite finishing the year with a 3-0 win over Russian Federation last Thursday and a draw with the Dutch, 2018 has been a nightmare year for the Germans.

"However, I have the feeling we are on a good path with these players and will be successful again with this young team".

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