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Netherlands final of League of Nations League after handing France first defeat after World Cup | Football news


ROTTERDAM: The Netherlands qualifies for the League of Nations semifinals after defeating France 2-0 on Friday before Didier Deschamps in their first defeat of winning the World Cup.

Georginio Wijnaldum hit the half-hour shot and Memphis Depay's memory dropped home a stop penalty and time to win a victory in Rotterdam for the revived part of Ronald Koeman that leaves the impressive Dutchman who only needs a point against Germany demoted on Monday France and make the semifinals.

The Dutch are a point behind the French leaders who only need a draw on Friday to qualify for the knock-out in their last match of the group, but they have come close to time.

"I did not expect a perfect match on our side, but that's really what it was. I was very, very good," said Koeman.

"We were surprised by the French team and the way they played, but our match was perfect. We dominated the game for 90 minutes."

Wijnaldum's goal came in the middle of a game dominated by hosts, who have returned from depression after not qualifying for the World Cup.

They dominated the world champions from the off and refused only a bigger victory through a magnificent performance from the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in France.

"This victory shows the spirit of the team, the quality of the players we have," Depay said.

"It looks like we have a bright future, we have to go on like this. That's just the beginning."

Those closest to the Deschamps who scored were a weak header of 10 minutes from Antoine Griezmann, otherwise anonymous with Kylian Mbappe, just as invisible.

"It was a team there with a lot of desires and I did not have enough," Deschamps said.

"There was a clear gap between the sides and they deserved the victory … I was not racing and I did not show enough."

The Dutchman has now reached Lloris' goals and Wijnaldum has forced France's first goalkeeper to save just one minute per minute after an impressive explosion from the Depay tower.

The match would have been and would have been done long before the final whistle had not been for Tottenham, Lloris, who engaged in a near-personal battle with the three deputies, deputies, Ryan Babel and Steven Bergwijn.

"We played at the minimum of our potential and paid for it. The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch," said Lloris, easily the best performer of France.

"We have to ask ourselves questions about us and we hope the Germans beat them on Monday".

The deputy was in the fine phase, and the attacker in Lyon was denied three times in three and a half minutes by Lloris to stop the Dutch adding to the total.

The first Lloris pushed Depay's free kick in the 73rd minute, then after two minutes, the Spurs man saved the bamboo defenders with two clever spells from the striker in seconds.

France eventually escaped the action but did not make much progress and the game was injured during the injury. Lloris saved another goal for Frenkie De Jong after a swift midfielden escaping through the middle.

However, De Jong, selected by Deschamps on Thursday as one who tracked the Netherlands, helped seal his points when he was stored in the Moussa Sissoko area for a few seconds.

Depay climbed and covered an individual and brilliant team exposure by cutting a shoe hit over a desperate Lloris, announcing the return of the Netherlands on the big stage.

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