Pure Class From Virgil Van Dijk As He Consoles Grief Stricken Referee

Pure Class From Virgil Van Dijk As He Consoles Grief Stricken Referee

Pure Class From Virgil Van Dijk As He Consoles Grief Stricken Referee

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is among the best defenders in world, according to fellow Netherlands worldwide Davy Klaassen.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk fired home to complete the Dutch fight back after Quincy Promes pulled one back on 85 minutes following Timo Werner and Leroy Sane's first-half goals for Germany.

As well as scoring a vital stoppage-time equaliser, Virgil van Dijk proved his captain credentials for the Netherlands with a touching little act of kindness after the final whistle.

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

"I wished him strength and said he had refereed the game well". With coach Ronald Koeman having nothing to lose, he then dramatically shifted the team's shape to move Liverpool defender Van Dijk up front as an auxiliary striker, as the final seconds of regulation time ticked down.

"But when it came up at 2-0 I said no, we are not going to do that now".

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Koeman made two changes from Friday's 2-0 win over France, which gave them the chance to qualify on Monday, with Kenny Tete taking over from Denzel Dumfries at right back and Promes on the right wing ahead of Steven Bergwijn.

'We played a very good first half and should have scored a third in the second half to finish the game, ' said under-fire Germany boss Joachim Low in the aftermath of the game.

"We had trouble with that, it is something we have to learn from".

The Netherlands face their rivals Germany in a huge Nations League clash that could send them to the finals next summer.

'It's great that Virgil scores that late equaliser of course - how often did Germany score in the last minute in recent years?

"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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