Van Dijk and Wijnaldum reach another Euro final
Liverpool’s Champions League-winning duo help Dutch beat England in UEFA Nations League semi-final
Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have booked themselves a second European final in eight days after the Netherlands beat England 3-1 in the UEFA Nations League semi-final.
Four days after winning the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, the pair started in Guimaraes, Portugal, among 19 players from the 2018/19 Premier League who featured in the match.
Marcus Rashford gave England a half-time lead from the spot, after the Manchester United forward had won the penalty.
But Matthijs de Ligt’s header midway through the second half took the match into extra-time, where Kyle Walker’s own goal and a strike by Quincy Promes earned victory for the Netherlands.
They will meet on Sunday evening a Portugal side who qualified for the final by beating Switzerland 3-1 in Porto thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick.
Portugal featured the Wolverhampton Wanderers trio of Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, as well as Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabian Schar and Granit Xhaka played for Switzerland, who will face England in the third-place playoff at 14:00 BST on Sunday.