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Memphis continues blistering 2018 in win over France

5:20 PM EST 11/16/18
Memphis Depay Netherlands
The 24-year-old scored a late penalty as the Netherlands defeated the world champions on Friday

Memphis Depay's fantastic run in 2018 continued on Friday in the Netherlands' 2-0 Nations League win over France.

The Lyon striker scored a late clincher from the spot against the World Cup winners at De Kuip in Rotterdam, his 23rd goal combined for club and country in the calendar year. 

In total, Depay has been directly involved in 41 goals in 52 matches for club and country in 2018, which includes 23 goals and 18 assists. 

With four goals and two assists, the 24-year-old has also been involved in half of the Netherlands' 12 goals in 2018.

After missing out on World Cup 2018, the Netherlands have begun to turn things around and on Friday became the first team to defeat France after Les Bleus lifted the World Cup in Russia this summer. 

With the win the Dutch are now just a point back of France in Nations League Group 1 with a game in hand, while third-place Germany have been relegated. 

Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum, who opened the scoring against France on Friday, has also played a big part in his country's turnaround.

Wijnaldum's goal meant he's now scored in two consecutive games for the Netherlands for the first time in 20 matches.

The Dutch will look to keep their strong form going when they take on Germany on Monday, with a win taking them to the last four of the Nations League.