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Van Dijk and Wijnaldum score as Dutch beat Germany 3-0

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won to send Germany to the bottom of Nations League Group A1.

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

Depay added a second late on from a quick counter-attack after being set up by Quincy Promes.

Wijnaldum sealed the win in injury time with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Joachim Low's Germany, who won the World Cup in 2014, have now only won three of their past 12 matches.

They suffered a shock exit in the group phase of the 2018 tournament in Russia and this loss leaves them with only one point from their opening two Nations League matches.

Since the end of their World Cup qualifying campaign in October 2017, Germany have only won one competitive match - a 2-1 World Cup win over Sweden - and gained two victories in friendlies - against Saudi Arabia and Peru.

They face a tough task in their next match on Tuesday, 16 October as they visit world champions and Nations League Group A1 leaders France.

After van Dijk's opener, the Dutch had chances to double their lead but Georginio 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 set up Depay to score in the 86th minute.

Depay then hit the crossbar, before Wijnaldum added another in the third minute of stoppage time.

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

Match Stats

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

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 3, Germany 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 3, Germany 0.

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.

Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany).

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

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.

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

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Jasper Cillessen.

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

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

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.

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

Hand ball by Mats Hummels (Germany).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

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

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Denzel Dumfries.

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

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Matthijs de Ligt.

Attempt blocked. Julian Brandt (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Julian Draxler (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marten de Roon (Netherlands).

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Nathan Aké replaces Frenkie de Jong.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands).

Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Marten de Roon (Netherlands).

Attempt blocked. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Netherlands) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daley Blind with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Julian Draxler (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Julian Brandt replaces Mark Uth.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Quincy Promes replaces Steven Bergwijn.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld replaces Ryan Babel.

Attempt missed. Julian Draxler (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonas Hector.

Timo Werner (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daley Blind (Netherlands).

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a through ball.

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