Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Netherlands stun France in 2-0 win

Netherlands stun France in 2-0 win

A draw on Monday will be enough for them to finish top of the group due to their superior goal difference.

Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum threatened the French goal in the early going before Les Bleus won back possession, almost taking the lead on a shot by Benjamin Pavard that went just over the cross-bar.

"Even if a draw is enough for us, we will play this match with the ambition and the goal of winning it".

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.

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The Netherlands handed France its first defeat since before its World Cup triumph in Russian Federation with a 2-0 win in Rotterdam on Friday in the UEFA Nations League.

The Netherlands have failed to qualify for the last two major global tournaments, but have enjoyed a resurgence under Koeman.

Georginio Wijnaldum struck on the stroke of half-time and the dazzling Memphis Depay chipped home a cheeky stoppage-time penalty to bag a win in Rotterdam for Ronald Koeman's revitalised side that leaves the impressive Dutch needing just a point against relegated Germany tomorrow to leapfrog France and make the semi-finals.

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

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"It shows that we have a bright future, we have to continue like this".

"We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it".

But he was fulsome in his praise after the latest victory, while making a big claim that France were not up to their usual standards.

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'For us, this result is obviously painful, but we must accept it, ' Low said. "We were very, very good", said Koeman. "It has given the team a lot of self-confidence", he said. "We had many chances a second goal but their keeper (Hugo Lloris) was tremendous, otherwise, the final score could have been 3-0 or 4-0".

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