The youthful men in orange outclassed world champion France in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday to end Les Bleus’ 15-game unbeaten run. This 2-0 win in Rotterdam game also means that the Netherlands gained a berth on the top of Group A1 and relegated Germany to League B.
French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved numerous attempts from Ronald Koeman's young squad in the match full of counter-attacks, but it didn’t help much as rest of the ten players failed to revive till the last minute.
Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a strike from a close range inside the box. The 28-year-old Liverpool midfielder scored in two consecutive games for the Netherlands for the first time in 20 matches.
Memphis Depay hammered the last nail when he scored the second goal in a cheeky Panenka penalty, beating Lloris just one minute before the final whistle.
Les Bleus suffered their first defeat in 16 matches, while the Koeman's side needs just a draw against Germany in Gelsenkirchen to win League A Group 1.
Former Southampton and Everton manager Koeman replaced Dick Advocaat after the latter failed to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup. He has signed a four-and-half-year contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup.