Netherlands vs. France - Football Match Report

Netherlands 2-0 France: Dutch beat world champions to relegate Germany

"We've have shown we are broken the slump but I did not expect that we would be so much better through 90 minutes", said a delighted Ronald Koeman after a 2-0 win in Rotterdam inflicted a first defeat on the French since they won the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Georginio Wijnaldum struck on the stroke of half-time and Memphis Depay chipped home a cheeky stoppage-time penalty to secure victory in Rotterdam.

The Dutch are a point behind leaders France, who only needed a draw themselves on Friday to qualify for the knockout stage in their last match of the group but came up way short.

Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Nations League Group A match between Netherlands and France at the Stadion Feijenoord on November 16, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"I also did not expect that this team would be as far in their reading of a match".

Former Southampton and Everton boss Koeman praised the maturity of his players.


The hosts were dominating proceedings in the first half, but were nearly behind when Benjamin Pavard hit a stunning volley - reminiscent of his superb goal against Argentina in the World Cup - which was tipped over just before the half hour.

Should France lose on Friday they would give the Dutch a chance to leapfrog the World Cup winners when they take on Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps.

They would have been beaten by a bigger margin had it not been for a string of saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

"It shows that we have a bright future, we have to continue like this. From the beginning to the end we played really well".

'There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough, ' Deschamps was quoted on the French FA website.

France, despite losing their first game since winning the World Cup, remained top of the Group One standings but have completed their campaign.

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