The League of Nations UEFA: Netherlands to win

Ross Houston
November 19, 2018

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

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

Netherlands now have the chance to secure a top spot when they travel to Gelsenkirchen for the group's final match, where victory would see them overtake France.

"We have shown we have broken the slump but I did not expect that we would be so much better through 90 minutes", said a delighted Koeman after a 2-0 win in Rotterdam inflicted a first defeat on the French since they won the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

They would have been beaten by a bigger margin had it not been for a string of saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The Tottenham goalkeeper said: "We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it".

"We have to make sure we get a good result on Monday to end this year on a positive".

The closest Deschamps' men came to scoring was a weak 10th-minute header from Antoine Griezmann, who was otherwise anonymous alongside the equally invisible Kylian Mbappe.

"I want to congratulate this Dutch team", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

"There was a clear gulf between the sides and they deserved the win..."

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

Lloris made a double stop to deny marauding right back Denzel Dumfries just after the hour mark as the Dutch, with a three-man attack, continued to dominate against a listless looking French side.

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.

"We have to hope that the Germans beat them on Monday". Lloris was unlucky as Wijanldum stuck the first goal away after he'd made a fine save and there was nothing he could do about the Depay penalty.

In September these squads met for their first game against each other in the group stage, and France prevailed 2-1.

The Netherlands with six points in the standings are second.

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