Holland victory over french “bitter” – dfb team relegated

Holland victory over french 'bitter' - dfb team relegated

The next big change for joachim low and the german national team: the four-time world champions are now only second-class in europe.

Archrivals holland sealed the DFB team’s early relegation from the top tier of the nations league even before monday’s final duel in gelsenkirchen. The netherlands defeated world champions france 2-0 (1-0) in rotterdam on friday evening. This means the low-team is definitely last in group 1 with one point.

"For us this result is bitter, of course, because it means we no longer have a chance of staying in league A of the nations league. We have to accept that," said low. In rotterdam, georginio wijnaldum (44.) from FC liverpool and memphis depay (90.+6, foul penalty) of olympique lyon to deserved success for oranje.

The netherlands (currently 6 in number) can now knock france (7) off first place and qualify for the final tournament in june 2019 with a victory in the schalke arena, which will only serve as a test for germany.

"We brought it on ourselves," former world champion thomas muller had already said in the event of relegation. For national coach low, the crash is "not the end of the world. You just have to accept it, because the results were not what we expected," said low even before the bad news from rotterdam. "But our sights are still clearly set on the 2020 european championships, for which we will qualify and at which we want to send a strong team into the tournament again," promised low.

After an input from frenkie de jong, steven N’zonzi blocked the ball with his head in an unfortunate manner. France’s goalkeeper hugo lloris first saves against ryan babel. Wijnaldum put the follow-up shot into the net. The 28-year-old professional had already scored a month ago against germany in amsterdam and ensured the 3-0 final score. Germany lost 0-0 against france in munich and 1-2 in paris.

"We are in a phase of upheaval," said low. Perhaps the mistake was made to "set the nations league a bit too high". In 2020, the DFB team will now have to compete in the second division and, as group winners, could make it back to the A-league.

Wijnaldum was the man of the evening on friday in the de kuip. Even before his goal, the offensive man had put lloris in a tight spot. But the french initially had the hosts in their grip. Oranje continued to be more dangerous in the second period and had, among others, through captain virgil van dijk (60.) and denzel dumfries (63.) rough possibilities for further hits. But lloris made an outstanding stop.

Antoine griezmann missed the best chance to equalize after stuttgart pro benjamin pavard narrowly missed before the break.In injury time, depay converted the penalty with ice-cold precision. Mouussa sissoko had laid de jong.

DFB president reinhard grindel now expects the mood not to slide back into the basement after the disgraceful first-round exit at the world cup in russia. "For me it is more important that we show against the netherlands again such a good game as against russia", the head of the federation had already explained.

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