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Ronald Koeman reveals he passed on a note to made some tactical change prior to Virgil van Dijk’s crucial equaliser against Germany which sent the Netherlands to the last four of the UEFA Nations League.
Germany looked to have secured a famous win over Holland as they were leading the game until the 89th minute. Koeman’s side needed a draw to seal a place in the finals of the Nations League and Liverpool defender van Dijk came with the equaliser with a thumping volley past the German keeper.
The Oranje have been a totally different team of late and their win over the 2014 World champions once again showed why they could be so dangerous if they are on song.
Koeman admitted his assistants sought his permission before making a tactical change which saw van Dijk becoming a makeshift forward. The idea paid back as it ensured their path to the Nations League finals.
Koeman said, “I got that note from Dwight Lodeweges and Kees van Wonderen.
“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.”