The Dutch team will find out today who the opponent is in the semi-finals of the Nations League. National coach Andries Jonker hopes for a confrontation with France in order to have a better chance of winning an Olympic ticket.
The Dutch team qualified for the final round of the Nations League last Tuesday after a bizarre denouement. France, Spain and Germany also secured a spot in the last four. The countries will compete in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday at 1 p.m.
Two Olympic tickets are at stake in the final round in February. The finalists earn a ticket, but if France reaches the final battle, the winner of the consolation final can also go to the Olympic Games. France has already been placed as the host country.
“I make the draw and I draw France,” Jonker joked on Tuesday after the match with Belgium. An understandable wish from the national coach. If the Dutch team meets France, it is guaranteed two chances to win an Olympic ticket.
It works like this: if the Dutch team wins, it goes to the final and therefore receives a ticket. If the Netherlands loses, it will get another chance in the consolation final. This is because France is a finalist and the winner of the consolation final will also receive a ticket.
The final round will be played in February 2024. The two semi-finals will be on Friday, February 23. The final and the consolation final are scheduled for Wednesday, February 28. The playing locations will also be determined during the draw.
Loting Nations League
The Nations League draw starts at 1 p.m. First, the draw will be made for the promotion and relegation matches. At 1.20 pm, the Dutch team will be drawn for the draw for the knockout phase. The draw can be followed via a live blog on NU.nl.