Van Dijk the hero as Netherlands snatch late draw to deny Germany

Germany coach Low looking to rebuild after 2018 collapse

That's because a tactics sheet has emerged with Van Dijk leading the line with PSV Eindhoven forward Luuk de Jong in a 3-2-3-2 formation.

Koeman insisted that he waited until the final minutes to use the tactic as he didn't want to concede more goals at 2-0 down.

Needing only a point to advance, Quincy Promes offered a late lifeline to the outplayed visitors as he cut the deficit in half before makeshift striker Virgil van Dijk completed a remarkable turnaround in the 90th minute with a volley.

Van Dijk's heroics continued after the match, though, when he approached the referee, Ovidiu Hategan.

"I received the letter from (assistant coach) Dwight Lodeweges, ' Koeman said after the game".

They had already shown their potential in a 3-0 friendly win over Russian Federation on Thursday as coach Joachim Low made changes after Germany's World Cup flop and Nations League relegation.

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"We played well for much of the game, but we have to learn how to close things down at 2-0 up".

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. "We were the top team for a long time", said Loew, who has been in charge since 2006.

"We should have scored the third goal, then you run the game down, but it didn't work out like that".

The Netherlands face their rivals Germany in a huge Nations League clash that could send them to the finals next summer.

The Germans, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the World Cup in June and lost a German record six times this year, finished in last place with just two points after what has become a familiar lack of focus this year.

"However, I have the feeling we are on a good path with these players and will be successful again with this young team".

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