UEFA Nations League: Germany reach new nadir in their downfall

Sayak Basu


UEFA Nations League: Germany reach new nadir in their downfall

14 Oct 2018: UEFA Nations League: Germany reach new nadir in their downfall

2014 World Cup winners Germany produced another poor performance last night, in their UEFA Nations League encounter against Netherlands, losing by a scoreline of 0-3.

This is the first time in the history of the German national football team that they have failed to find the back of the net in three consecutive competitive matches.

Virgil van Dijk, Depay, and Wijnaldum scored for Netherlands.

Finishing: Joachim Low's team affected by poor finishing

Among 21 attempted shots by the Germans, only four hit the target, taking Germany's tally to two goals in five matches from 107 shots.

Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, and Timo Werner all displayed a lack of finishing prowess, missing chances that should have been converted.

Low desperately needs to find consistent scorers if he wants to change the fortunes.

Memphis Depay: Memphis Depay was the star of the show

Memphis Depay has breathed life into this Dutch squad and was behind almost every attack orchestrated by them.

Not given much playing time to prove his salt in his stint with Manchester United, Depay has been on fire with Lyon.

Now, he has managed to impress with the national squad as well.

Depay scored, hit the crossbar, and forced two saves, last night.

Low: Low at a low point despite creating history

Joachim Low could not enjoy the moment when he became the record-holder for the most number of matches in charge as Germany's head coach.

This was his 168th match with the German national squad as he eclipsed Sepp Herberger's tally (167).

However, his milestone fixture became the first time Netherlands defeated Germany by a margin of three or more goals.

Fact: What next for the two teams?

France sit at the top of the League A Group 1 table with four points, followed by Netherlands with three. Germany will be hosted by France on Wednesday in their next UEFA Nations League match.