UEFA Nations League - Group A1
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Netherlands 3-0 Germany: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk & Georginio Wijnaldum score for hosts

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk's goal was his second for the Netherlands after netting in a 3-0 away win over Portugal in March

Germany "broke apart" in their 3-0 Nations League defeat by the Netherlands, says boss Joachim Low.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk headed the opener while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum added late goals to leave Germany bottom of Group A1.

It was the sixth defeat in 10 games for Low's side, who went out at the group stage of the World Cup in Russia.

"After conceding, you could see that recent results have led to a lack of confidence," he said.

"Why are we not scoring? That's difficult to answer, we have clear chances."

Low's Germany, who won the World Cup in 2014, have only one point from their opening two Nations League matches.

They face world champions and group leaders France in the competition in Paris on Tuesday.

Saturday's loss in Amsterdam was the first time Germany have lost by three goals to the Dutch.

Van Dijk reacted first to nod in from close range after Ryan Babel had headed against the crossbar following Depay's right-wing corner.

Depay added a second in the 86th minute from a quick counter-attack after being set up by Quincy Promes, before Wijnaldum sealed the win in injury time with a low shot into the bottom corner.

"Breaking apart like that in the last 10 minutes is not good," Low added.

Striker Timo Werner said: "We missed out on scoring when we had the chances to do so.

"Then there is this corner which hits the bar and is then turned in. That was a punch in our stomach."

Since the end of their World Cup qualifying campaign in October 2017, Germany have won only three of their past 12 matches - a 2-1 success in the finals against Sweden and two victories in friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Peru.

After van Dijk's opener, the Dutch had chances to double their lead but Wijnaldum shot wide and Depay headed off target.

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, on as a second-half substitute, should have equalised but he dragged a shot just wide when unmarked eight yards out.

That miss proved costly, as with Germany pushing for an equaliser, they gave the ball away and Promes played in Depay for the second goal.

The former Manchester United winger then hit the crossbar, before Wijnaldum struck again.

The Netherlands, managed by former Everton boss Ronald Koeman, are second in the three-nation group after beginning their campaign with a 2-1 defeat by France in September.

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Dumfries
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4van Dijk
  • 5Blind
  • 6de Roon
  • 7de JongSubstituted forAkéat 77'minutes
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 9BergwijnSubstituted forPromesat 68'minutes
  • 10Depay
  • 11BabelSubstituted forDanjuma Groeneveldat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Hateboer
  • 13Zoet
  • 14de Vrij
  • 15Aké
  • 16Strootman
  • 17van de Beek
  • 19de Jong
  • 20Promes
  • 21Vilhena
  • 22Danjuma Groeneveld
  • 23Bizot

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 4Ginter
  • 17Boateng
  • 5Hummels
  • 3Hector
  • 11CanSubstituted forDraxlerat 57'minutes
  • 18Kimmich
  • 8Kroos
  • 13MüllerSubstituted forSanéat 57'minutes
  • 23UthSubstituted forBrandtat 68'minutes
  • 9Werner

Substitutes

  • 2Kehrer
  • 6Gnabry
  • 7Draxler
  • 10Brandt
  • 12Leno
  • 14Schulz
  • 15Süle
  • 19Sané
  • 20Tah
  • 21Rudy
  • 22ter Stegen
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
52,536

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home14
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Netherlands 3, Germany 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Netherlands 3, Germany 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 3, Germany 0. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daley Blind.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany).

  5. Post update

    Daley Blind (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Memphis Depay (Netherlands) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld with a through ball following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Netherlands) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Jasper Cillessen.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Julian Draxler (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonas Hector.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 2, Germany 0. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Quincy Promes following a fast break.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Netherlands. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld tries a through ball, but Memphis Depay is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Mats Hummels (Germany).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Matthias Ginter (Germany) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Germany. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Timo Werner (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Denzel Dumfries.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Memphis Depay following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Matthijs de Ligt.

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