Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland: Dutch score twice in stoppage time
The Netherlands scored three times in the final 10 minutes and twice in stoppage time to pull off a dramatic victory over Northern Ireland.
Ronald Koeman’s side were not at their best and fell behind to a 75th minute strike by Josh Magennis.
The visitors’ lead only lasted five minutes before Memphis Depay equalised. With the game heading for a draw, a bizarre moment from Shane Ferguson gifted Luuk de Jong a goalline tap in. The Northern Irish midfielder first let the striker get onto the end of a cross, which he headed up into the air. With goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell diving into the back of his own net, Ferguson could have headed or kicked the ball away or behind, but instead stared at it from a yard away to allow de Jong to reappear and volley home.
Netherlands’ win leaves both nations and Germany all on 12 points, with Northern Ireland having played a game more. The Dutch are back in action at Belarus on Sunday as Germany are in Estonia at the same time.
Whomever finishes third out of the three nations will be guaranteed a playoff spot as a result of the UEFA Nations League.