Dutch stun France; Germany relegated

Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum being congratulated by his teammates after opening the scoring against France just before half-time on Friday

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

"We dominated the match for 90 minutes".

After their 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Dutch in October, Low bemoaned his side's performance, saying they "broke apart" after suffering their sixth defeat in 10 games.

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

That would take Ronald Koeman's side into next June's Nations League finals - at the expense of France, who had only needed a point in Rotterdam to seal top spot.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored just before halftime and Memphis Depay converted a late penalty as the Dutch dominated against the world champions, looking much changed from the side that missed out on the 2016 European Championship and the last World Cup in Russian Federation.

"There was one team out there with a lot of desire, and we didn't have enough", he said.

Die Mannschaft have endured a tumultuous 2018, failing to make it out of their group at the World Cup in Russian Federation and suffering relegation from their Nations League group on Friday following Netherlands' 2-0 win over France.

The Dutch fully merited their narrow victory at De Kuip and below-par France, without the injured Paul Pogba, would have lost by more had it not been for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

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"For us, this result is obviously painful, but we must accept it", Loew said.

Conceding just before the break was a psychological blow to France and things got worse after the re-start, with the inspired hosts flying forward in pursuit of more goals and only the sure reflexes of Lloris prevented a rout. "We weren't at the races and didn't show enough".

Germany kicked off their campaign with a goalless draw at home to France, but fell apart on the road.

The Dutch meanwhile peppered Lloris' goal from the off, with Wijnaldum forcing the France keeper's first save with just a minute on the clock following an impressive burst from star turn Depay.

It was only because of Lloris' heroics that France stayed in the game for so long.

"France did not come to play and try and make a decent game of it".

Depay said that the young team were on the right track.

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