Germany vs Netherlands Live : Netherlands and Germany are on the verge of a huge Nations League shock as the Dutch need just a point tonight to qualify for next summer’s Finals at the expense of Germanyand France.
Uefa Nations League | League A, Group 1
Date: Monday, 19 November, 2018
Few gave Netherlands any hope in a group against the last two teams to have won the World Cup – Germany in 2014 and France this year – but the Oranje are a side reborn under Ronald Koeman’s guidance.
The Dutch thrashed Germany 3-0 in the reverse fixture, and a recent 2-0 win over France suggests Joachim Low’s hosts – already relegated from the top league – will have to raise their game to prevent Koeman’s men from joining England, Portugal and Switzerland in the semi-finals.
The Netherlands will qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals if they can avoid defeat at the hands of Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.
The Oranje relegated the Germans with a surprise 2-0 victory over France in Rotterdam on Friday, which moved them one point behind the world champions with one game remaining.
A win at the Veltins-Arena would see them leapfrog Les Bleus at the top of League A Group 1, but a draw would also be enough as they have a better goal difference than the French.
When the UEFA Nations League groups were drawn, the Netherlandsappeared to be the clear favourites to go down with France and Germany set to battle it out for top spot.
After the Oranje lost 2-1 to France in their opening match it looked as though that might be the case, but they’ve turned things around with back-to-back home wins against Die Mannschaft and Les Bleus.
Germany have already been relegated to group B in the UEFA Nations League after the Netherland’s 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam sealed Die Mannschaft’s fate. Following the World Cup disaster in Russia, Germany have been miles away from their best, and their exploits in the Nations League have been a dire reflection of just how poor they’ve been.
Jogi Low fielded a rather youthful team last week in Leipzig for Germany’s 3-0 friendly win over Russia, and he’s made a point that he’s not going to heavily rely on his veteran players in the squad as he’s done in the past.
The victory brought to an end France’s 15-match unbeaten run, and the scoreline could have been much more one-sided had Hugo Lloris not produced a fine performance in goal.
Depay also got on the scoresheet when the Netherlands beat Germany 3-0 in October, and he’ll be a big threat to their back line on Monday.
The Germans have picked up just one point from their three Nations League matches as the hangover from their FIFA World Cup group-stage exit has continued.
All three of the goals came in the first half from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule, and Serge Gnabry, all of whom are below the age of 24; a testament to the depth in youth that Germany possesses and should be utilizing far more often.