Holland 3-1 England

Match Report
The Netherlands came from behind to defeat England 3-1 after extra time in their Nations League semi-final clash in Guimaraes.

The Netherlands came from behind to defeat England 3-1 after extra time in their Nations League semi-final clash in Guimaraes.

With hosts Portugal waiting in Sunday’s final after their 3-1 win against Switzerland in Porto on Wednesday, England were hoping to join them and, despite being second-best in the first half, they went in at the break ahead thanks to a Marcus Rashford penalty.

However, the Netherlands cranked up the pressure after the interval and were rewarded with less than 20 minutes remaining as Matthijs De Ligt equalised.

Jesse Lingard looked to have won it for England late on, only for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to rule out his goal because he was marginally offside.

The Dutch went ahead in the first half of extra-time when a howler from John Stones led to Kyle Walker diverting the ball into his own goal, before another mistake by Ross Barkley six minutes from time gifted a Quincy Promes a killer third.

The Three Lions must settle for a third-place play-off against the Swiss back in Guimaraes on Sunday, while the Dutch face the hosts Portugal in the first-ever Nations League final in Porto.

England boss Gareth Southgate handed Raheem Sterling the captaincy as he picked up his 50th cap as Harry Kane started on the bench along with Jordan Henderson following their Champion league final exploits in Madrid on Saturday.

Dutch coach Ronald Koeman opted to play Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, just five days after their Champions League success with Liverpool.

The Netherlands had the first shot in anger on eight minutes after a fairly tepid opening when Harry Maguire sloppily gave the ball away and Steven Bergwijn got the shot off but it was straight at Jordan Pickford.

The Dutch continued to look the stronger as they dominated the midfield without really troubling Pickford.

They were made to pay for not converting their dominance into a goal when a defensive mistake handed England a penalty on the half-hour as Matthijs De Ligt allowed the ball to roll under his foot inside the area and then hacked down Rashford as he attempted to atone for his error.

Rashford subsequently took the resulting spot-kick and sent Jasper Cillessen the wrong way to fire the Three Lions ahead.

The Dutch responded immediately as Pickford was forced to parry a 25-yard strike from Ryan Babel, before Bergwijn tested the Everton shot-stopper, but the offside flag was raised so it would not have counted.

England then finished the half with a couple of chances to extend their lead as Jadon Sancho played through Rashford inside the area, but the Manchester United man delayed his shot which allowed Denzel Dumfries to make a superb last-ditch tackle.

On 42 minutes, Sancho knocked a Barkley free-kick to Fabian Delph on the edge of the area and his effort went straight through to Cillessen.

Kane was thrown into the action at half-time in place of Rashford who hurt his foot when Dumfries denied him a shot at goal late in the first half.

And, England should have extended their lead on 53 minutes when Delph put a tempting cross into the middle from the left for Sancho but he could only guide his header straight at Cillessen from close range with the goal gaping.

A minute later, Walker lost possession to Memphis Depay and he had a clear shot at goal from 25 yards which Pickford did well to palm away to safety.

England started to drop deeper as the Dutch pressed and probed in search of an equaliser, while they had another chance to put some daylight between them on 69 minutes when Stones sent a header just wide after a Ben Chilwell free-kick found him in the area.

The constant Dutch pressure finally paid off in the 73rd minute when De Ligt made amends for his mistake as he got up highest to meet a Depay corner from the right and guided a powerful downward header past Pickford.

The comeback was almost completed on 78 minutes when the ball dropped kindly to Donny van de Beek inside the area, but he uncharacteristically blazed his shot over the crossbar.

Lingard thought he had won it for England inside the final 10 minutes when he was played through by fellow substitute, Henderson, and fired a low shot past Cillessen.

However, after the manic celebrations from the players and fans subsided, a check with VAR revealed Lingard’s foot was millimetres offside and the goal was disallowed.

VAR was then required to deny the Dutch a penalty moments later as Dumfries’ cross appeared to hit Chilwell’s arm, but replays showed it hit his back.

The Netherlands could have snatched it in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Bergwijn got to the left by-line and pulled the ball back to Depay in the middle but he fired well wide.

A minute later, Sterling got to the left edge of the area and his cross-cum-shot skimmed off the top of the crossbar.

In the opening stages of extra time, Kane did well to hook a Van Dijk header away from his goal line on 94 minutes, before the Dutch benefitted from some farcical defending from Stones to get their noses in front three minutes later.

The Manchester City man delayed his pass-back to Pickford on the edge of his own area and was robbed of possession by Depay who saw his effort well saved by the England keeper, but Promes raced in at the back post to find the net via the foot of Walker for an own goal.

A smart point-blank save from Pickford denied Depay prevented Depay from finishing the tie just two minutes later as England survived until the break.

It was game-over in the 114th minute when yet more sloppy defensive play saw Barkley try to play the ball back to Pickford but gifted it to Depay who then drew out Pickford before teeing up Promes to fire into the empty net.

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