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  Thursday, 6 June 2019
Nations League Finals semi-final match

Netherlands 3 England 1 [0-1] AET
1-1 after ninety minutes


Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques, Carvalha, Guimarães, Braga, Portugal
Kick-off (WEST & BST): 7.46pm
Attendance: 25,711

142 minutes 49:09 & 52:07, 15:00 & 16:00.
Netherlands kicked off extra-time
England (Sterling) kicked off Match Summary
Netherlands Squad
England Squad

[1-1] Matthijs De Ligt 73 72:29
 jumped higher than Walker and Stones to head in from 5 yards from a Depay corner

[2-1] Kyle Walker 97 96:22
 Promes sliced his shot into Walker's ankle following a Stones' mistake that was  pounced on by Depay

[3-1] Quincy Promes 114 113:33
From a Depay cross, a 9-yard strike after Barkley's backpass goes straight to Depay
[0-1] Marcus Rashford 32 31:12
placed penalty to keepers left
(foul 29:22; awarded 29:23 - De Ligt brought down Rashford).
Matthijs de Ligt 30 29:37
Denzel Dumfries 44 43:50

Donny van de Beek
106 105:41

Harry Kane
70 69:08
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville

Match Summary

Officials from France



Referee (black) - Clément Turpin
  37 (16 May 1982),Oullins, FIFA-listed 2010.
Assistant Referees - Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore

Fourth official - Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)

Video Assistant Referee - François Letexier
Assistatnt Video Assistant Referee - Nicolas Rainville

A minutes' silence was observed for the former UEAF President Lannart Johanson
29 Goal Attempts 13
14 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 4
  Offside Calls Against  
19 Fouls Conceded 15
47% Possession 53%

Netherlands Team



FIFA (4 April 2019) 16th
EFO ranking
Group Five
ELO rating
=6th to 5th
Colours: Made by Nike - Orange v-necked jerseys with lighter orange sleeves, white shorts, orange socks.
Capt: Virgil Van Dijk Manager: Ronald Koeman, 56 (21 March 1963), appointed 6 February 2018.
thirteenth match, W 6 - D 4 - L 3 - F 25 - A 13.
Netherlands Lineup
1 Cillessen, Jacobus A.P. 30 22 April 1989 G FC Barcelona, Spain 49 0
22 Dumfries, Denzel 23 18 April 1996 RB Philips Sport Vereniging 6 0
Dumfries cautioned in the 44th min. for a foul, after a needless leap on th etouchline took out Chilwell
3 de Ligt, Matthijs 19 12 August 1999 CD Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 16 2
de Ligt cautioned in the 30th min. for a foul, after his trip on Rashford left to the penalty kick being awarded
4 van Dijk, Virgil 27 8 July 1991 CD Liverpool FC, England 27 4
15 de Roon, Marten E., offf 68th min. 28 29 March 1991 RM Atalanta BC SpA, Italy 11 0
17 Blind, Daley 29 9 March 1990 LB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 63 2
7 Bergwijn, Steven C., off 90th min 21 8 October 1997 RF Philips Sport Vereniging 6 0
8 Wijnaldum, Georgino G.E. 28 11 November 1990 CM Liverpool FC, England 56 11
9 Babel, Ryan G., off 68th min. 32 19 December 1986 LF Fulham FC, England 57 8
10 Depay, Memphis 25 13 February 1994 CF Olympique Lyonnaise, France 47 16
21 de Jong, Frenkie, off 114th min. 22 12 May 1997 LM Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 8 0
Netherlands Substitutes
scoreline: Netherlands 0 England 1
11 Promes, Quincy A., on 68th min. (67:32) for Babel 27 4 January 1992 F Sevilla FC, Spain 37 6
20 van de Beek, Donny, on 68th min. (67:35) for de Roon 22 18 April 1997 M Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 6 0
van de Beek cautioned in the 106th min. for a foul, after a late and deliberate challenge on Ross Barkley
scoreline: Netherlands 1 England 1
6 Pröpper, David P.W.H, on 90th min. for Bergwijn 27 2 September 1991 M Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England 15 3
scoreline: Netherlands 2 England 1 (AET sub)
16 Strootman, Kevin, on 106th min. (105:41) for de Jong 29 13 February 1990 DM Olympique de Marseille, France 44 3
result: Netherlands 3 England 1

unused substitutes:

2-Hans Hateboer, 3-Nathan Aké, 12-Patrick van Aanholt, 13-Kenneth Vermeer, 14-Stefan de Vrij, 18-Tonny de Vilhena, 19-Luuk de Jong, 23-Marco Bizot.
Coach Ronald Koeman first played for the Netherlands against England in the 1988 European Championship Finals victory, and again in the 1990 World Cup Finals draw. His third and final appearance was the qualification match for the 1994 World Cup Finals, and significant because of his successful free-kick and yellow card.
4-3-3 Cillessen -
Dumfries, Van Dijk, de Ligt, Blind -
Wijnaldum, de Jong
(Strootman), De Roon (van de Beek) -
(Pröpper), Depay, Babel (Promes)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 31.5 3.8

England Team



FIFA (4 April 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 5th to 9th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Raheem Sterling (1st capt.)
Harry Kane 46th min.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
34th match, W 19 - D 8 - L 7 - F 60 - A 28.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 18 18 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 29 28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 47 0
14 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22 21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC final app
7 0
16 Rice, Declan, off 105th min 20 14 January 1999 CM West Ham United FC final app
3 0
5 Maguire, J. Harry 26 5 March 1993 CD Leicester City FC 19 1
6 Stones, John 25 28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC final app
38 0
17 Delph, Fabian, off 77th min. 29 21 November 1989 RM Manchester City FC 19 0
18 Barkley, Ross 25 5 December 1993 LM Chelsea FC 28 4
19 Rashford, Marcus, injured off 46th min. 21 31 October 1997 CF Manchester United FC final app
32 7
10 Sterling, Raheem S. 24
180 dys
8 December 1994 RF Manchester City FC 50 8
11 Sancho, Jadon M., off 61st min 19 25 March 2000 LF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 5 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Netherlands 0 England 1
9 Kane, Harry E., on 46th min. for Rashford 25 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 22
Harry Kane was cautioned in the 70th minute for a foul, following a cynical kick on Daley Blind
7 Lingard, Jesse E., on 61st min. (60:38) for Sancho 25 15 December 1992 LF Manchester United FC 23 4
scoreline: Netherlands 1 England 1
8 Henderson, Jordan B., on 77th min (76:33) for Delph 28 17 June 1990 CM Liverpool FC final app
51 0
scoreline: Netherlands 2 England 1 (AET sub)
20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 106th min. for Rice 23 11 April 1996 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 3
result: Netherlands 3 England 1

unused substitutes:

3-Danny Rose, 4-Eric Dier, 12-Joe Gomez, 13-Jack Butland, 16-Michael Keane, 21-Callum Wilson, 22-Trent Alexander-Arnold.


Raheem Sterling is third youngest to reach fifty appearances, behind Rooney and Owen. Also the sixtieth player to reach the milestone.
Marcus Rashford's goal was the 300th scored in the month of June.
This is the first time England have conceded more than once in extra-time.
The result proved to be England's thirtieth loss in a Finals match (out of 102 matches) and Matthijs De Ligt's equalising goal was the 100th Finals goal England have conceded (they have scored 132).
Manager Gareth Southgate first played against Netherlands in the 1996 European Championship Finals, in which he received a last-minute yellow card. He next played as a second-half substitutes in friendly matches in August 2001, and again in February 2002.
  Pickford -
Walker, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell -
(Henderson), Rice (Alli), Barkley -
Sterling, Rashford
(Kane), Sancho (Lingard).
notes: 4-4-2 when Henderson came on, Barkley went left, Lingard to right

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.1 Appearances/Goals 24.2 1.7

    Match Report by Mike Payne

After the very long wait, England finally arrived in Portugal to play the semi-final of the first Nations League competition.  It was in November 2018 that England qualified for this match and, just like the World Cup semi-final of last summer, it was to end in bitter disappointment.

The match was against Ronald Koeman’s Dutch side, Koeman is someone who England have had trouble with in past internationals, and it was no different this time.  However, it has to be said that the England players did not rise to the occasion and they helped Koeman and his team in almost every way.  As usual England began brightly, although straight away, it was obvious that the Dutch held possession much more comfortably than England did.  Both sides made early mistakes, with the game being played at a high tempo.  Declan Rice lost possession to Memphis Depay, but the latter’s shot was easily gathered by Jordan Pickford.

England looked very rusty right through the team.  None of the players had played much football recently and it showed.  Passes went astray and their build up was slow and laborious.  More worryingly, The Netherlands had the upper hand in the midfield with Ross Barkley, Rice and Fabian Delph working hard but showing neither flair nor guile.  Having said all of that the Dutch rarely threatened as Harry Maguire and John Stones looked fairly solid at the back, and then, on the half-hour, England took a surprise lead.

New Dutch ‘wonderkid’, Matthijs de Ligt, mis-controlled the ball just inside his own area and Marcus Rashford was on it in a flash to rob de Ligt, only for the defender to bring Rashford down with a late tackle.  A definite penalty.  Up stepped the ice-cool Rashford to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.  Taking the lead in a semi-final is the easy bit, the next bit might prove a little harder for England.

efore half-time both sides had chances.  On 35 minutes, Ryan Babel hit a long shot that Pickford fumbled away, the goalkeeper recovering to gather the ball before a Dutch player could pounce on the loose ball.  Two minutes later Jaydon Sancho sent Rashford in for another chance, but that was snuffed out by a fine block by Denzel Dumfries.  Delph then shot straight at the Dutch keeper, Jacobus Cillessen, before Dumfries was booked for flattening Ben Chilwell, not for the first time the big defender had used strong-arm tactics.  England reached half-time with their lead intact but Gareth Southgate had plenty to ponder on before the restart.

Harry Kane came on for the injured Rashford for the second-half and once again, England began the half well.  Indeed, on 54 minutes the game could have been settled.  A fine cross from the left by Chilwell presented Sancho with a sitter, but the youngster’s close-range header was straight at Cillessen and the keeper saved.  What a chance, and what a miss.

Almost immediately, sloppiness by Kyle Walker, losing possession to Depay, almost cost England a goal.  Pickford blocked Depay’s first effort and then both England players watched in relief as Depay scuffs his attempted follow-up.

The Netherlands were dominating possession as England seemed content to sit back and defend in numbers.  But, when England do that it inevitably brings them more trouble, and sure enough, in the 73rd minutes they conceded a poor goal.  It came from a corner, and the marking was non-existent as de Ligt made up for his earlier blemish to rise above Walker and Stones to power home an unstoppable header.  Six minutes later and the Dutch should have taken the lead as good work down the right gave Donny Van de Beek a great chance.  Luckily for England he miscued over the bar.

As the clock ticked into the last ten minutes of normal time, England began to look stronger and with just seven minutes to go it seemed that they had snatched a winning goal.  A fine move saw Chilwell and Raheem Sterling combine to feed substitute Jordan Henderson.  The midfield player’s precision pass found another substitute, Jesse Lingard, and the Manchester United tucked the ball beyond Cillessen and began joyous celebration.  As the England fans and players basked in the glory, sinister goings on off the field suddenly brought an abrupt end to the moment.  V__A__R!!!

It was by far England’s best move of the match, but by the tip of Lingard’s toenail, the player was deemed offside by the Very Annoying Review, and the referee gave a free-kick to the Dutch.

Kane’s shot on the turn flew just wide and then an awful blunder by Maguire in injury time almost let in Depay, but the Dutchman completely fluffs another great chance presented to them on a plate by England.  Will they never take one of these gifts?  Well, let’s see.  There was still time for Sterling to curl a shot cutting in from the left to scrape the crossbar, but inevitably perhaps, there would be extra-time.

At the end of normal time England had their best spell and it augered well for the extra-time.  However, it was the Dutch who re-took control somewhat and they were pressing for a goal.  Then, in the seventh minute of the extra period England committed Hara-Kiri once too often!  They had already tried several times to gift a goal to the Netherlands and this time it was John Stones who made the blunder to end all blunders.  Barkley pfaffing around, back to Maguire, more pfaffing around, and back to Stones.  The Manchester City defender has been encouraged by Pep Guardiola to play the ball out from the back ever since Stones has played under him.  I, for one, wish he hadn’t listened to his manager and hoofed the ball upfield!  Instead, Stones made ‘pfaffing around’ an art form!  Give the ball to Depay, why don’t you?  And that is exactly what he did.  Pickford almost saved Stones’ bacon with a fine save from Depay, but the ball bounced free and as Quincy Promes and Walker challenged the ball squirmed in off the England player for an own goal.  What an absolute calamity!

No matter what happened after that the team were beaten by that awful moment.  Pickford made another fine save from Depay moments later and although there was a little bit more about England in the second-half of the extra period, there was no coming back.  Indeed, England were not content with gifting a goal through Stones, they then did it again with six minutes left.  This time Maguire, Stones and Barkley were the guilty men.  Barkley’s pass to Depay was so good it would seem that Depay was wearing a white shirt.  Depay took possession, laid the ball to Promes and it was 3-1 with the greatest of ease.  And that was that.  No England in the final….again, and so many questions for Southgate to ponder on.  It is all so frustrating.

Right, and this is me calming down a little, it has to be said that the Netherlands were the better side and as Pickford was our busiest and best player, they probably deserved to win.  I’m just disappointed that a) we didn’t play our best team and b) we gave them the sort of chances that we never seem to get given by the teams we play against.  Like I said, so frustrating.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor