Netherlands vs. France - Football Match Report

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The top two teams in Group 1 of League A in the UEFA Nations League will meet up one more time when France and the Netherlands face off on Friday, Nov. 16.

Having drawn at home to France in their opening match, Joachim Low's side suffered back-to-back defeats to drop down to the tournament's second tier.

Les Bleus, though, suffered their first defeat since being crowned world champions in Russian Federation in the summer - and their first competitive loss since June 2017 - when Georginio Wijnaldum helped Holland to a 2-0 win at De Kuip.

The Netherlands must wish they could play every match at Feyenoord's De Kuip stadium - the victory extended the Dutch run of wins there to 15.

The Netherlands were excellent against the world champions and perhaps deserved to win by an even larger scoreline, but will be content with the goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay. We've shown on such a night that we've made enormous steps.

"It shows that we have a bright future, we have to continue like this".

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"There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough", Deschamps was quoted as saying on the French Football Federation website. "This is just the start".

France midfielder Steven Nzonzi misjudged a header which fell right into Ryan Babel's path inside the six-yard box. The score could have been more flattering for the Netherlands. "From the beginning to the end we played really well", Koeman said. Though they are still top, a draw for the Oranje against Germany on Monday will see Didier Deschamps' side slip to second.

At the same time, the Dutch defense held Mbappe in check.

France finally creaked into action not long after, but offered little going forward, and with the match rolling into injury time Lloris once again saved his team's blushes with a superb save from Frenkie De Jong's long-range strike following a rapid breakaway.

"It is exceptional how he reads the game", Koeman said of De Jong.

Depay stepped up and capped a brilliant individual and team display by clipping a panenka spot-kick over a despairing Lloris, announcing the return of the Netherlands to the big stage.

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