The Netherlands handed France its first defeat since before its World Cup triumph in Russia with a 2-0 win in Rotterdam on Friday in the UEFA Nations League.
The result relegated Germany, last in the three-team group, to the second-tier of the
new competition. The winners in League A's four groups will meet in June for the Nations League title. The bottom four teams will be relegated to League A, and the top four teams in League B will be
promoted. Promotion and relegation will move teams up and down in the other two tiers as well.
The final standings will be used seed teams into Euro 2020 qualifying and provide
opportunities for teams that don't qualify for Euro 2020 to get a second chance via a complex playoff system.
The Dutch have not yet clinched a berth in the final four. They need to beat
or tie Germany Monday in Gelsenkirchen to win League A.
The Netherlands got a first-half goal from Georginio Wijnaldum and a penalty kick -- via a Panenka -- from Memphis
Depay in the sixth minute of stoppage time to end a five-game losing streak against France.
France, whose last defeat was 3-2 to Colombia in a friendly played in March, was never in
the game. But for keeper Hugo Lloris, who made nine saves, the defeat would have been much harsher.