Van Dijk late strike fires Dutch into Nations League semis

first_imgLiverpool 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.“It was very difficult for us, the Germans were sharper and faster in the first half,” admitted Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.“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.”The draw was enough to send the Dutch into the Nations League knockout stages as Group One winners, with France second, while bottom side Germany were already relegated to the ‘B’ league ahead of Monday’s clash.Koeman’s side showed plenty of heart against the Germans, who were 2-0 up after just 20 minutes.“I’m certainly disappointed with the result, but over the whole season I’ve seen more positives than negative,” said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.“We were punished and that’s bitter.“We played well for much of the game, but we have to learn how to close things down at 2-0 up.”Thomas Mueller reached the milestone of 100 Germany appearances as a second-half replacement, but Van Dijk dampened any celebrations for the hosts.Having described 2018 as a “slap in the face” after a record six defeats in a calender year, Germany showed the “killer instinct” Loew had called for — but only in the first half.The trio of Serge Gnabry, Sane and Werner, so effective in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over Russia, again caused the Dutch defence no end of problems in the opening 45 minutes.Having started the rebuilding process in the wake of Germany’s woeful World Cup display, crashing out after the group stages, Loew started with only three Brazil 2014 winners in Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos.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.Germany needed just nine minutes to land the first blow in the clash of the European heavyweights.There was little on when Gnabry’s pass found Werner on the edge of the area, but the 22-year-old showed ice-cold finishing by hitting the bottom corner of the net past Jasper Cillessen.Werner ended his barren run of eight internationals without a goal and Sane added the second, with the help of a deflection, 11 minutes later to seemingly floor the Dutch.Again, there was little on when Toni Kroos floated in a long pass to Sane, who stumbled slightly, but managed to win the ball and fired home a shot which clipped the boot of a defender as it sailed past Cillessen.A hamstring injury to Ryan Babbel forced Koeman to reshuffle his attack with Javairo Dilrosun coming on just before the half-time whistle.Werner fired wide after getting in behind the defence, but from that point on the Dutch began to take charge.Werner made way for Germany’s chief playmaker Marco Reus with 27 minutes left as Loew also introduced the experienced Mueller, but it was not enough to defend the lead.The Dutch scored from their first real attack when Promes curled his shot home on 85 minutes after sustained pressure from the hosts.The scene was set for Van Dijk to complete the fairytale comeback when he produced a thumping finish to delight travelling fans just before the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Netherlands’ defender Virgil van Dijk (L) celebrates scoring in the 91st-minute to seal a 2-2 draw against Germany on Monday as the Dutch advance to the semi-finals of the Nations League at the expense of world champions France. © AFP / John MACDOUGALLGELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Nov 20 – Virgil van Dijk sent the Netherlands into the Nations League semi-finals after completing a dramatic comeback from two goals down with a 91st-minute equaliser that saw the Dutch snatch 2-2 draw away to Germany on Monday.The Dutch advance from the tough three-team Group A1 at the expense of world champions France after scoring twice in the final six minutes in Gelsenkirchen as Germany were punished for not being clinical enough in the second half.last_img read more

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Indian-origin steel tycoon named 21st Century Icon in UK

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Sep 27 (PTI) Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has been awarded the title of 21st Century Icon at an awards ceremony in London in recognition of his success in building a flagship UK-based international metals, industrials, energy and financial services group.Gupta, Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance, was named an “Icon” in the “Astute Finance and Investments” category for his “relentless pursuit of a strategy to revive metal manufacture and other heavy industry across the developed economies and his embrace of innovation in order to make industry both competitive and sustainable” by the judging panel for the 21st Century Icon Awards held last week. The accolade, which also highlighted Gupta’s work in establishing the industry-friendly Wyelands Bank, was announced during the second annual 21st Century Icon Awards at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London last Friday.ELITE, the London Stock Exchange Group’s business support and capital raising programme, had thrown its weight behind the awards ceremony aimed at recognising next-generation talent among businesses from India and around the world. “This is a great honour for all of us in the worldwide GFG family and I’m thrilled for us to be recognised in a programme that specifically sets out to inspire future generations, said Gupta, in reference to his award, presented by Hinduja Group Co-Chairman GP Hinduja.”I received a lot of encouragement as a young man which has definitely been the foundation of my journey. It is now important for me to try to inspire and encourage the next generation of young entrepreneurs, he said.advertisementThe awards, now in their second year, covered categories across business, the arts, sport, entertainment and technology, with other major winners including the Dedicated Stalwart Award for Hatul Shah of Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc, Generous Philanthropist Award for Sheetal Ansal of Ansal University, and the Magnificent Performing Arts Award for Zanai Bhosle, who received the award from her grandmother legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle. Tarun Ghulati, founder, president and chief executive officer of Squared Watermelon Ltd the hosts of the awards, and Preeti Rana, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the company, said in a statement: We are absolutely delighted that ambitious companies and individuals around the world nominate themselves to participate in the awards.””These include many Forbes winners, Olympic Champions, highly successful inheritors and creators of wealth.”The panel of judges for the awards included House of Lords peer Baroness Sandip Verma, Vice-Chairman of Financial Services at KPMG David Sayer, and former Olympic heptathlon gold-medallist Denise Lewis. This year’s nominees and finalists came from 20 countries including India, the UK, US, Russia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Scotland, Jamaica, Hong Kong, China, Switzerland, Dubai, Turkey, France, Belgium, Australia, Italy and Germany. PTI AK PMSPMSlast_img read more

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