Holland condemn Germany with relegation to Nations League B

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

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The Netherlands' 2-0 win over world champions France in Rotterdam ensured that the 2014 World Cup winners will slip into League B no matter the result of their clash with the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.

The Netherlands could still win the group and earn a spot in the Nations League final, but it would take a win Friday over the Netherlands and a win over Germany later in the month.

France looked outclassed for much of the match.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay struck as the hosts beat the world champions in Rotterdam.

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Wijnaldum broke the deadlock just a minute before halftime with his 10th global goal in his 52nd appearance for the Netherlands.

While they suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to France in September, they have since seen off Germany 3-0, drawn with Belgium 1-1 in a friendly, and now handed France a first defeat in 16 matches. The score could have been more flattering for the Netherlands.

Both players got their revenge later on.

The Liverpool midfielder coolly converted into the top corner after the ball had rebounded to him following Hugo Lloris' save with his legs from Ryan Babel's lashed strike.

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The Germans did at least enjoy a 3-0 friendly win against a depleted Russian Federation on Thursday night, although the result was hardly something to shout abut given Low's current woes.

Depay was in particularly fine fettle, and the Lyon attacker was denied three times in the space of three second-half minutes by Lloris to stop the Dutch adding to their total. One of the biggest roars from the capacity crowd came when center back Matthijs de Ligt, also 19, blocked a run by Mbappe down the left flank in the first half.

France were without injured Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial at De Kuip.

Deschamps refused to use their absence as an excuse for his team's lackluster display.

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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. Depay has been directly involved in 41 goals in 52 matches for club and country this year, scoring 23 times and providing 18 assists.

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