Holland beat France to relegate Germany

Paola Ditto
Novembre 17, 2018

"I was not expecting a flawless match from our side but that's really what it was".

Les Bleus, though, suffered their first defeat since being crowned world champions in Russian Federation in the summer - and their first competitive loss since June 2017 - when Georginio Wijnaldum helped Holland to a 2-0 win at De Kuip.

The Netherlands must wish they could play every match at Feyenoord's stadium - the victory extended the Dutch run of wins at De Kuip Stadium to 15.

Despite dominating the first half, it actually took until the 44th minute for the Dutch to go ahead, which they did when Wijnaldum turned in a rebound after Ryan Babel had forced one of nine saves from the fantastic Hugo Lloris. We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps.

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

"There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough", Deschamps was quoted as saying on the French Football Federation website.

Koeman hailed the renewed enthusiasm of his side, as they seek to drag the national team back onto the big stage at Euro 2020.

The match would have been done and dusted long before the final whistle had it not been for Tottenham stopper Lloris, who engaged in an nearly personal battle with the Netherlands' vibrant front three of Depay, Ryan Babel and Steven Bergwijn. "From the beginning to the end we played really well", Koeman said. "The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch", said Lloris, easily France's best performer. Lloris had to get down well to parry a late free kick past the post before again saving from the Lyon forward following a well-worked corner.

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

"This win shows the spirit of the team, the quality of the players we have", said Depay.

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