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90' + 6'
M. Depay
Penalty Goal
2 - 0
O. Dembélé
Yellow Card
B. Pavard
Yellow Card
L. Digne
Yellow Card
G. Wijnaldum
1 - 0

Match Stats

58% 41%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 2
Total Passes 576 410
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Netherlands NED Netherlands 4 2 1 1 8 4 +4 7 D W W L
2 France FRA France 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7 L W W D
3 Germany GER Germany 4 0 2 2 3 7 -4 2 D L L D




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Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay late in the first and second half help Netherlands to a 2-0 victory on the back of an incredibly dominant display in Rotterdam, as a Hugo Lloris masterclass prevents the scoreline from being much, much worse. The victory means the Oranje can win Group 1 with as little as a point on Monday against Germany, who are relegated from League A because of this result.
M. Depay
Penalty Goal
90' + 6' DEPAY CONVERTS! It's 2-0! That's been coming for the entirety of the second half! Depay doubles Netherlands' lead with the last kick of the match, and it's nothing less than he and his side deserve.
90' + 5' PENALTY TO NETHERLANDS! De Jong has been the man of the match for the hosts, and another wonderful bit of skill on the ball sees him taken down in the penalty area by Sissoko, with the referee pointing straight to the spot!
90' + 4' WHAT. A. SAVE! This is starting to sound like a broken record, but what an incredible piece of goalkeeping that is from Lloris! A quick break from the hosts see De Jong teed up from just over 20 yards and he strikes a brilliant effort at goal, but Lloris somehow gets a touch at full-stretch to turn it beyond the far post!
N. Aké
R. Babel
90' + 1' A third and final change of the night for the Oranje sees Ake replace Babel, as Koeman brings on another defender to help see this out.
90' Another free-kick for Netherlands as Kante commits yet another foul as the board goes up to indicate a minimum of four minutes of stoppage-time.
T. Vilhena
G. Wijnaldum
89' The hosts' second change sees Vilhena, who plays his club football with Feyenoord here in Rotterdam, replace the scorer Wijnaldum.
O. Dembélé
Yellow Card
89' After a bit of deliberation from the referee, he decides to book Dembele for the foul on Dumfries.
88' Into the final minutes and possession remains solely with the hosts. France are focused on damage limitation as they try to see this out without conceding again. Netherlands, meanwhile, have another change ready and they should be able to make it as Dembele concedes a free-kick for a poorly timed challenge on Dumfries, who has been the victim of a few of those tonight.
Q. Promes
S. Bergwijn
86' Promes replaces Bergwijn on the wing in a like-for-like change as the hosts get some fresh legs in attack.
85' France aren't even trying to find an equaliser right now. They're just focused on doing what they can in defence to keep Netherlands out. They are having to do a lot of last-ditch defending, with some really tired legs setting in.
83' Netherlands found themselves in this same position in their last Nations League match at home to Germany, leading 1-0 late, before Depay made it 2-0 in the 86th and Wijnaldum 3-0 in stoppage-time. The way things are trending here, with the hosts getting behind the France defence with ease, it wouldn't be a shock to see it play out that way again.
T. Ndombèlé
S. Nzonzi
81' Lyon youngster NDombele replaces Nzonzi for the final 10 minutes.
80' Into the final 10 minutes and the hosts remain on the front foot in pursuit of the elusive second goal that would put this match to bed. Koeman has yet to make any changes to his side, with none appearing imminent, either. France, meanwhile, have their third and final substitute up and ready.
78' Netherlands remain the more dangerous and the more energetic of the two sides, despite France being the ones who are trailing. A late equaliser would secure France a spot in the Nations League finals, but they will leave the door open for the Oranje to pip them to top spot in Group 1 should they lose here.
76' France have never scored an away goal in the UEFA Nations League.
74' LLORIS TO THE RESCUE AGAIN! France push forward after dealing with the corner, but Netherlands win the ball back straight away and break once again through Depay. The forward makes quick work of Pavard as he bursts into the penalty area, but Lloris makes a stunning save with his foot to keep the ball out at the near post!
73' CRUCIAL SAVE! Lloris is keeping France in this! Depay bends a low effort around the wall and towards the far post, but Lloris is wise to it as he gets across to parry behind for a corner!
B. Pavard
Yellow Card
72' Swift, clinical and decisive from Netherlands on the break as some lovely passing ends with Depay being taken down by a poorly timed challenge from Pavard just outside the penalty area. It's a yellow for the full-back and a big chance coming for the hosts.
70' Big opportunity wasted! A rare jaunt forward for the visitors as they break in numbers. There's plenty of support with Netherlands stretched in defence, but each pass is worse than the previous as the chance goes begging.
68' Netherlands will be wondering how they're not further ahead right now, but somehow it remains just 1-0 and France are still very much in this match. They don't look at all like scoring right now, but they only need one chance. It's going to be a tense final 20 minutes.
66' Wijnaldum has scored in two consecutive matches he played for the Netherlands for the first time in 20 games.
O. Dembélé
O. Giroud
65' Dembele also comes on, replacing Giroud. Griezmann will likely play up top now, with Mbappe and Dembele on the flanks.
M. Sissoko
B. Matuidi
65' France make a pair of changes as they are in danger of being run off the pitch here. Sissoko replaces Matuidi in midfield with the first.
62' OUTSTANDING DOUBLE SAVE! A brilliantly worked move from the hosts sees Dumfries picked out unmarked at the far post on the end of a perfect cross from Blind, but Lloris reacts superbly to keep it out, before denying the full-back on the doorstep again on the rebound!
60' Just over! Giroud has been invisible in attack tonight, but he puts in a good defensive touch here as Netherlands settle for a corner. Depay's subsequent delivery is placed perfectly onto the head of Van Dijk, but the centre-back just fails to keep his header down!
58' The training staff are out to attend to Dumfries, who has proven a real nuisance tonight down that right flank. The hosts will be hoping it's nothing more than a bruise as a result of that challenge, which at least appears to be the case as he walks off under his own power.
L. Digne
Yellow Card
57' Digne commits to a nasty lunge on Dumfries, catching him with a high boot and is lucky to only see yellow.
56' Lovely bit of skill from Depay as he wins a free-kick in the attacking half following a cynical foul from Digne. The Lyon attacker takes the subsequent set-piece, trying to play a throughball in for Bergwijn from 35 yards out, but the PSV winger just can't negotiate his way through the crowd as the chance goes begging.
54' France are trying to slow things down, as they win the ball back and adopt a very patient approach in possession, but it doesn't last long. Netherlands are showing all the initiative, and some good determination sees them win it back and immediately look to get forward.
52' De Jong recorded 68 touches in the first half, at least eight more than any other player (Van Dijk 60) and at least twice as much as any France player (Matuidi 34).
N. Kanté
Yellow Card
50' Kante sees yellow for a foul on De Jong, who has got the better of him consistently tonight. Netherlands take it quickly as Babel is picked out down the left, before cutting inside onto his right for a shot, which Pavard does very well to block behind.
48' Netherlands pick up where they left off at the end of the first half, enjoying plenty of possession as they look to get forward and add to their lead. France have been on the back foot for much of this match, and have lacked any sort of link between midfield and attack.
46' The match is back underway in Rotterdam!
It's a deserved lead for the Dutch, who carved out a number of chances with their 65 per cent possession, as they have really taken the game to France through 45 minutes. Victory for the Netherlands would give them a real shot at topping Group 1, while it would seal Germany's fate, relegating them to League B.
Hugo Lloris expertly denied Georginio Wijnaldum the opener inside of two minutes, but there was nothing the Spurs keeper could do to prevent the Liverpool midfielder from breaking the deadlock two minutes from half-time. Wijnaldum's goal has Netherlands leading at the break, but more importantly it has the Oranje safe from relegation as things stand, and in with a chance of reaching the Nations League finals.
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added on at the end of this first half.
G. Wijnaldum
44' NETHERLANDS HAVE THEIR BREAKTHROUGH! It's 1-0, and a deserved lead for the hosts! A delicious cross in from the left presents Babel with a glorious chance from in close, but he shoots straight at Lloris from point-blank range, though there's nothing the keeper can do to deny Wijnaldum from turning in the rebound from five yards!
41' Both sides have enjoyed spells on top in this first half, and it looks as though Netherlands will end it as such. They're on the front foot and in charge once again, as they've got bodies forward in search of a breakthrough before the half.
39' Approaching the final five minutes of the first half and the tempo has slowed a fair bit, as it looks more and more likely that these sides will head goalless into the interval.
37' Mbappe has been involved in 11 goals with France in 2018 (nine goals, two assists), at least two more than any other France's player during the period.
35' Scrambled clear! Blind produces a vital touch to see a cross in from the left behind for a corner. The subsequent delivery causes all sorts of problems as it's not dealt with at the near post, and then Cillessen's punch is sent straight into the air before being headed back towards goal by Kimpembe, before De Roon finally clears.
33' Mbappe is really coming to life for France as well, with Kante and Griezmann also becoming much more influential figures. The momentum has certainly flipped here, though the hosts are doing really well to keep France out despite the building pressure.
31' Netherlands' dominance has faded a bit as France are looking a lot more settled. The visitors are spending more and more time on the ball as they continue to grow in the ascendancy.
29' Matuidi wins a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left flank following a Bergwijn foul. Griezmann's delivery is cleared, but only as far as Pavard who smashes a thunderous volley at goal - reminiscent of his World Cup goal against Argentina - but this one lifts over the bar!
27' Depay was directly involved in 58 attempts for the Netherlands in 2018 (34 shots, 24 chances created), at least 41 more than any other player (Quincy Promes 17).
25' Offside! Another warning from Depay as he makes a lovely run off the ball before being played through on goal, bending an effort inches wide of the far post - but the offside flag is raised. He just mistimed that run.
23' France aren't looking very confident in possession. They're lacking in both urgency and ideas. When they do win the ball they've been too negative in their approach and that, coupled with the hosts' high press, has really prevented Les Bleus from getting forward with any consistent.
21' De Jong has been typically excellent for the Netherlands thus far. He's proving a focal point in possession, distributing the ball brilliantly as he's completed four times as many passes as the top passer in the France team through 20 minutes. He's seeing a ton of the ball and is a big part of the reason as to why they're keeping the pressure on.
19' The Netherlands have won each of their last 14 matches in De Kuip, conceding only three goals in the process.
G. Wijnaldum
Yellow Card
17' Griezmann slides into a challenge on Wijnaldum, with the Dutch midfielder inadvertently stomping on the Atletico man as the tackle came in. The referee didn't like what he saw, intentional or not, and issues Wijnaldum a yellow card.
16' France enjoy a rare spell on the ball, keeping possession in their own end before eventually pushing forward down the left flank. Mbappe picks up the ball and cuts inside, attempting to bend an effort into the far corner, but gets the contact all wrong.
14' There's a lovely atmosphere inside De Kuip, which has only gotten louder as a result of the excellent start Netherlands have made here. A goal would absolutely blow the theoretical roof off the place.
12' Lloris is called into action again as Netherlands respond well to Griezmann's chance. A ball over the top for Babel is smartly headed back into the path of Memphis by the winger. The Lyon attacker has a decent sight of goal from 18 yards, but shoots straight at Lloris!
10' France spring to life, issuing a warning as to the threat they pose on the break. A lovely counter ends in a headed chance for Griezmann, as he bounces an effort at goal, but Cillessen is wise to it as he makes a rather comfortable save.
8' It's been one-way traffic at the start here, with the hosts enjoying nearly 80 per cent possession thus far. They remain camped out in attack, finding plenty of space on the flanks, but they've yet to create an opportunity outside of Wijnaldum's early chance.
6' Netherlands have lost five successive matches against France, dating back to their 4-1 victory over Les Bleus at Euro 2008.
4' It's been an incredibly lively start from the Dutch, who remain very active in the final third. They're moving the ball around excellently, keeping France at arm's length. They need to turn this early pressure into an early goal.
2' NEARLY THE PERFECT START! Depay finds himself through on goal via the right channel, but he opts not to shoot from a difficult angle, instead threading the perfect ball across the box for Wijnaldum who sees his first-time effort parries by Lloris! The shot was a bit too close to the keeper - a couple feet in either direction and it's 1-0!
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Netherlands in their classic orange kits as they get the match underway, with France in all white.
SUBS: Tanguy NDombele, Mamadou Sakho, Ferland Mendy, Djibril Sidibe, Steve Mandanda, Alassane Plea, Florian Thauvin, Moussa Sissoko, Ousmane Dembele, Adil Rami, Alphonse Areola, Nabil Fekir.
FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Digne; N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi; Olivier Giroud.
SUBS: Quincy Promes, Javairo Dilrosun, Kevin Strootman, Nathan Ake, Tonny Vilhena, Stefan de Vrij, Marco Bizot, Kenny Tete, Luuk de Jong, Pablo Rosario, Donny van de Beek, Jeroen Zoet.
NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Jasper Cillessen; Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Daley Blind; Marten de Roon, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong; Ryan Babel, Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay.
With Paul Pogba out injured, Steven Nzonzi is selected to partner N'Golo Kante in midfield, while Lucas Digne gets the start at left-back with Lucas Hernandez unavailable - the only two changes from the 2-1 win over Germany in October. Olivier Giroud leads the line again with Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette both withdrawing from the squad.
Koeman has named the exact same side he trotted out in the 3-0 victory over Germany, opting not to tamper with a winning formula. In-form Memphis Depay leads the line, flanked by Ryan Babel and Steven Bergwijn, with Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, as well as Liverpool duo Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk, anchoring the heart of midfield and defence.
France have not inspired a ton of confidence since lifting the World Cup back in July, drawing twice and winning twice, albeit narrowly, at home to Netherlands and Germany. They have yet to lose a match since March, but face arguably their toughest test yet since being crowned world champions.
Following their disappointing failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands have turned a corner under Ronald Koeman and their progress will be greatly rewarded should they avoid being relegated from an incredibly difficult group including the last two World Cup winners.
A Netherlands victory would leave things open atop Group 1, as they would be able to move into top spot with as little as a draw in Gelsenkirchen on the final matchday. An Oranje win would also seal Germany’s fate, relegating them to League B.
The permutations are simple ahead of the final two matches in League A, Group 1: With a win or draw tonight, France will secure a first-place finish and a place in June’s finals, becoming the first team from League A to do so after Spain squandered their chance last night.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this UEFA Nations League match as Netherlands welcome France to De Kuip in Rotterdam!