Netherlands beat England in extra time to reach Nations League finals
Netherlands came back from a one goal deficit to win 3-1, with goals from De Ligt, a Kyle walker own goal and Quincy Promes.
Gareth Southgate came into questioning as he did not field his best 11 on the pitch. With Harry Kane, Delle Alli and Jordan Henderson on the bench the team lacked the experience.
The young newly set up Dutch team proved out to be too much for the English. Netherlands dominated the game with possession and more attacking football. England struggled to keep the ball in midfield and were failing to put in the key passes for the forwards to attack.
Sterling who captained the side was seen defending at most of the times in the game, such was the Dutch pressure. In the 32nd minute De Ligt failed to control a pass, and the quick United forward Rashford got the ball who was then tripped by De ligt and the England forward slipped past him, giving away a penalty. The penalty was calmly converted by Rashford sending Jasper Cillessen the wrong way and giving England the lead.
The Dutch came back stronger after conceding and were creating more chances but lacked finishing. In the second half De Ligt capitalised for his error by scoring a thumping header from a corner in the 73rd minute.
England thought they had taken the lead in the 83rd minute when Lingard scored from a sumptuous pass by Ross Barkley. VAR checked the goal and Lingard was called offside by a fraction of margin, thus cancelling the goal. The match was taken to extra time as it ended 1-1 at the 90 minute mark.
Seven minutes into the extra time Stones was dispossessed by Depay, whose shot was blocked by Pickford and deflected towards Promes, who couldn’t make the perfect contact but the shot deflected from Walker and went inside the goal, giving Netherlands a one goal lead.
👉🏾🦁👈🏾 What a battle!
— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) June 6, 2019
Another error in the 114th minute by Ross Barkley caused a Netherlands goal. Barkley took a heavy touch from a pass in the box and gave Depay the ball, who swiftly passed it to Quincy Promes infront of an open goal, who scored with his first touch.
“We made too many mistakes in our third of the pitch, partly because of that pressure and partly because of errors by us,” England manager Gareth Southgate said.
“It’s very painful for everybody, it’s a night where we have learned so much. It was tough to take in the end because you get to another semi-final, it should be a positive but everybody leaves even more deflated.”
Netherlands deservedly won 3-1 against England to qualify for the finals of the first edition of the UEFA Nations League. They will play against Portugal on 10 June in the final at the Estádio do Dragão stadium.
“It was a war of attrition,” Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said. “We have beaten Germany, France and now the number four team in the world — this reflects our development. We haven’t played semifinals and finals so this is new to us but we’re taking it in our stride.”
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