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Koeman praises Netherland's courage in comeback against Germany

Ronald Koeman praised his players for the character they had shown after a dramatic late fightback. Photo: PA

Holland boss Ronald Koeman praised his players for the character they had shown after a dramatic late fightback saw them draw 2-2 against Germany and secure a place in the Nations League Finals.

Skipper Virgil Van Dijk volleyed in a 90th-minute equaliser in Gelsenkirchen five minutes after Quincy Promes had netted the visitors' first as they sealed the point they needed to move above France and claim top spot in Group A1.

The Dutch, who had gone 2-0 down early on following goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane, will now join England, Portugal and Switzerland at next summer's finals.

Koeman said in quotes on uefa.com: "The team showed character. We kept going.

Virgil Van Dijk volleyed in a 90th-minute equaliser in Gelsenkirchen five minutes after Quincy Promes had netted the visitors' first. Credit: PA

"I didn't think we played well. Maybe at this stage it's too much for us to play two matches in such a short period of time against such high-quality opposition (Holland played world champions France in Rotterdam on Friday, winning 2-0).

"Let's not forget, this Germany is an excellent team, maybe even better than France. But we also showed that we can recover when playing opponents of this calibre."

Koeman revealed a note from his assistants that he passed on to the field via full-back Kenny Tete had instructed Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk to move into an attacking position.

"I got that note from Dwight Lodeweges and Kees van Wonderen," Koeman said.

"When we were 2-0 down they asked me if we should change things around and I said yes. Next thing I knew I had the note. So I gave it to Kenny.

"And in the end it's fantastic that the equaliser came from the guy who was told on the note to push up front."