Depay shines as Netherlands thump Germany to heap pressure on Loew

Rex Christensen
October 14, 2018

Depay celebrates his goal.

European global football has a handful of truly special games and one of those is undoubtedly between the Netherlands and Germany, a rivalry which dates back to the Second World War and was played out on Saturday with the Dutch emerging as unlikely 2-0 winners.

Virgil van Dijk's close-range header and late strikes from Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum gave the hosts a lifting win over the four-time world champions in Amsterdam.

The result spoiled a record-setting day for Joachim Low, who claimed the record for most ever matches in charge of Germany.

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

Low's side will have a chance to avoid a fourth straight competitive game without a goal when they face France again on Tuesday in Paris.

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.

Substitute Leroy Sane, controversially left out of Germany's World Cup squad and with much to prove in a national team jersey, was played into acres of space in the box but fired wide when he looked certain to score his first worldwide goal.

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