The Dutch men’s national team will face Croatia in the semi-finals of the Nations League. The match will take place on 14 June at De Kuip, the home stadium of Rotterdam football club Feyenoord. The draw to decide the match was held in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Should the Netherlands reach the final, that match will also be played on 18 June in Rotterdam. The winner of the match against Croatia will face the winner of the match between Spain and Italy on 15 June at FC Twente’s home stadium Grolsch in Enschede.
The third-place match will also take place on June 18 at the FC Twente Stadium.
Croatia advanced to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar last month. They lost the match against Argentina, who became world champions. Croatia managed to win Bronze Metal. Croatia also performed well at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, losing to France in the final.
The team is led by national trainer Zlatko Dalic and includes star player Luka Modric. Croatia qualified for their first Nations League finals tournament after defeating France, Denmark and Austria in the group stage.
Orange played many games against Croatia, including the 1998 World Cup. The Dutch national team finished fourth that year, and despite Boudewein’s Zenden goal in the third-place play-off, he lost 1–2 to France.
Dutch team coach Ronald Koeman left Orange to join FC Barcelona after serving as a trainer in the final tournament of the 2019 Nations League. In its first Nations League, Orange lost to Portugal in the final. Spain lost to France in the final of the second Nations League tournament two years ago.
UEFA came up with the Nations League as an alternative sport to the many friendly matches organized by national teams. Orange qualified for this year’s semi-finals as he finished first in his group with Belgium, Poland and Wales.