Netherlands vs. France - Football Match Report

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Georginio Wijnaldum struck on the stroke of half-time and Memphis Depay chipped home a cheeky stoppage-time penalty to secure victory in Rotterdam.

It was a first defeat for France following their World Cup success in Russian Federation and, without a string of Lloris saves, the scoreline would have been even more emphatic.

"I was not expecting a ideal match from our side but that's really what it was".

"I was surprised by the France line-up and the way they played, but our match was ideal".

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.

'There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough, ' Deschamps was quoted on the French FA website.

Macedonia remain top of that group - and are 90 minutes away from the play-offs - thanks to a 2-0 win in Liechstenstein. We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps. "This is just the start".

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"There was a clear gulf between the sides and they deserved the win".

Wijnaldum broke the deadlock just a minute before halftime with his 10th global goal in his 52nd appearance for the Netherlands.

"We knew what to expect, we knew the level of the Netherlands, they had demonstrated it against Germany and Belgium in October and they turned in a great performance".

The Tottenham goalkeeper said: "We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it".

Lloris made a host of top saves to stop a thrashing - but Memphis Depay's dinked penalty in injury time made sure of the win.

Captain Lloris says France must now cross their fingers for a favour from Germany during the final group fixture.

However De Jong, picked out by Deschamps on Thursday as one to watch for the Netherlands, helped his side seal the points when he was bundled down in the area by Moussa Sissoko with seconds left.

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