GELSENKIRCHEN – Virgil van Dijk hailed the Netherlands’ belief as his 91st-minute equaliser which semi-finals of the Nations League after their dramatic 2-2 draw with Germany.
The equaliser, which earned them a point was enough for the Dutch to advance to the last four at the expense of world cup champions France after scoring twice in the final six minutes in a dramatic finish.
Van Dijk said it was “a fantastic feeling” coming out on top in Group One, ahead of European powerhouses France and the Germans.
“We should all be proud of ourselves. I know I am,” he said after the Dutch join England, Switzerland and Portugal in the Nations League’s last four.
“We worked so hard every game and to get rewards for that is fantastic.”
“If we can win the Nations League, fantastic, but we all want to make sure we’re at the European Championships and do very well there to make our country proud,” he added.
Netherlands coach, Ronald Koeman praised his team from coming from 2 goals down to equalize at the end, “It was very difficult for us, the Germans were sharper and faster in the first half,”
“We fought to come back in the second half and pressed.
“They had their chances to finish it off, but the fight and belief we showed was enough for the point.
“We didn’t play great football, it wasn’t our best performance, but it was enough.
“No one expected Holland to win the group.
“Of course, we did not want to go down to League ‘B’, but winning the group was a dream.”
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