Netherlands vs France: France Lost First Match Since Winning World Cup
Netherlands vs France: France Lost First Match Since Winning World Cup

Netherlands vs France: France Lose First Match Since Winning World Cup

Netherlands have beaten FIFA world champions by two goals to nothing in their UEFA Nations league return leg.

France’s qualification hang in the balance, whilst Germany has been relegated.

Netherlands were the better team of the Night, having most of the balls and showing more aggression and determination.

Netherlands now have their own destiny at hand.

The Netherlands deservedly beat France in the Uefa Nations League to end the world champions’ 15-game unbeaten run and relegate Germany.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum struck from close range after Hugo Lloris parried a Ryan Babel shot.

Lloris made a host of top saves to stop a thrashing – but Memphis Depay’s dinked penalty in injury time made sure of the win.

A Dutch draw in Germany on Monday would see them win the group.

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.

The winners of each group are also guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off place if they fail to progress from qualification next year.

France can still win the group if the Germans, who will be in the Nations League second tier in 2020, beat the Dutch.

Elsewhere, Gibraltar’s Euro 2020 dream is almost certainly over after a 6-2 hammering by Armenia. The minnows led through teenager Tjay de Barr but Yura Movsisyan scored four times for the visitors.