With a victory over Belgium at the Johan Cruyff Arena with to Virgil van Dijk's header, the Netherlands advanced to the Nations League finals. In order for Louis van Gaal's team to defeat second-placed Belgium, whom they defeated 4-1 in the rematch in June, they needed to win by three goals.
But after 73 minutes, Liverpool's Van Dijk intercepted Cody Gakpo's corner to guarantee their advancement. In the group stage, the Dutch finished unbeaten and six points ahead of Belgium.
Roberto Martinez, the manager of Belgium, called the team's humiliating loss to the Netherlands in their previous encounter "a required wake-up call" and declared that his team was out for "revenge" going into their matchup in Amsterdam. However, Belgium failed to score for the first time in 50 games, and the Netherlands will enter the World Cup riding a 15-match winning streak.