NYON: Holland produced a stirring comeback to draw 2-2 away to relegated Germany and book their place in the last four of the UEFA Nations League Finals next summer along with England, Switzerland and host Portugal.
Germany had been on course to sign off a disappointing year with an impressive win, goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane giving them a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes.
Joachim Low’s side had chances either side of half-time to put the game to bed, but their failure to do so came back to haunt them as late goals from Quincy Promes and Virgin van Dijk earned the Dutch the draw they required.
Promes curled home from the edge of the area to halve the deficit before van Dijk produced a striker’s finish to deny Germany a victory their play had merited, in the process securing the Netherlands top spot in Group A1 with France missing out.
Martin O’Neill saw the Republic of Ireland scrap their way to just a second Nations League point as they ground out a 0-0 draw in Denmark.
Ireland, who were second best in their friendly stalemate against Northern Ireland on Thursday evening, were resilient in Aarhus as they held the Danes, who had already secured promotion to League A, to a goalless draw for the third time in four attempts in a little more than a year.
However, they needed the help of the woodwork on a night on which they failed to muster a single attempt on target. They have now not scored in 397 minutes of football, while their nine games in 2018 have yielded just a single victory.