Ronald Koeman says Netherlands have taken enormous steps after France win

Ronald Koeman says Netherlands have taken enormous steps after France win

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over world champions France in Rotterdam ensured that the 2014 World Cup winners will slip into League B no matter the result of their clash with the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.

"I was not expecting a flawless match from our side but that's really what it was". We've shown on such a night that we've made enormous steps.

"We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it".

The Netherlands could still win the group and earn a spot in the Nations League final, but it would take a win Friday over the Netherlands and a win over Germany later in the month.

But he was fulsome in his praise after the latest victory, while making a big claim that France were not up to their usual standards. Things did not improve for Die Manschaft in October, losing 3-0 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The main Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman is confident well-deserved victory: "our team has athletes with exceptional experience, ability and speed".

"It is a defeat that is logical considering what we did against a very good Dutch team. We had many chances a second goal but their keeper (Hugo Lloris) was tremendous, otherwise, the final score could have been 3-0 or 4-0".

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The closest Deschamps' men came to scoring was a weak 10th-minute header from Antoine Griezmann, who was otherwise anonymous alongside the equally invisible Kylian Mbappe.

Germany kicked off their campaign with a goalless draw at home to France, but fell apart on the road.

The Dutch looked anything but overawed at the Feyenoord Stadium against a French side who only needed a draw to win the group.

The result put Denmark top of the group on seven points with one game left to play at home to already relegated Ireland, while Wales have finished second on six points from four games.

The Netherlands handed France its first defeat since before its World Cup triumph in Russian Federation with a 2-0 win in Rotterdam on Friday in the UEFA Nations League. "This win shows the spirit of the team, the quality of the players we have", said Depay.

"But our experienced players have given a lot to the national team and also made a positive contribution to the group, so we will need them too".

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