Germany relegated from Nations League top tier to cap miserable 2018


'And I do not exclude myself from this analysis'.

"We're not going to take refuge behind absences, [playing at] the highest level has requirements and we did not meet them".

"We've have shown we are broken the slump but I did not expect that we would be so much better through 90 minutes", said a delighted Ronald Koeman after a 2-0 win in Rotterdam inflicted a first defeat on the French since they won the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We had too much technical waste".

It was a first defeat for France following their World Cup success in Russian Federation and, without a string of Lloris saves, the scoreline would have been even more emphatic.

It was only because of Lloris' heroics that France stayed in the game for so long.

'The opponent was very strong.

'We played below our potential and we paid for it.

'We must challenge ourselves after this defeat and hope for a victory for Germany'.

Few would have given the Dutch - who have missed out on the last two major tournaments - any chance when they were paired with the last two World Cup winners in the same group for the new tournament.

A draw for Oranje against Joachim Low's side in Gelsenkirchen on Monday will see them top the pool and advance to the final four.

The French need just a point from their final match - in Rotterdam on Friday - to ensure a place in the knockout stages, and former France midfielder Deschamps picked out Frenkie de Jong as the key to the Dutch revival under Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for the summer's World Cup.

"I also did not expect that this team would be as far in their reading of a match".

'I did not expect to be the better team for 90 minutes, ' Koeman told De Telegraaf. We played well from the beginning to the end.

France can lock up the group with a draw after already getting a draw and a victory against Germany in the two matches those two faced each other. It made it hard to stay patient and to pick out moments.