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17th Nov 2018

Germany have been relegated to the second tier of the UEFA Nations League

After a disastrous World Cup, Joachim Low's Germany have been relegated in the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign after Holland beat France

Reuben Pinder


Germany have been relegated from League A to League B of the UEFA Nations League after the Netherlands beat France 2-0 last night to take their points total up to six after three matches.

A goal on the brink of half-time from Gini Wijnaldum gave the Oranje a lead to protect against the world champions, and a 96th minute penalty, taken and scored by the supremely confident Memphis Depay, confirmed Germany’s fate.

Germany have also played three matches in Group A1, with just one game against the Netherlands remaining. However, it will now be ultimately meaningless as regardless of the result, Germany can only reach a maximum of four points, two behind the Netherlands’ current total.

Had France beaten the Netherlands as expected, Germany’s finals game against Ronald Koeman’s side would have been a play-off to remain in the top tier of the competition.

Germany were drawn into a tough group after a bitterly disappointing World Cup campaign, but fans still will have expected to finish above their Dutch neighbours.

Germany will play in League B in the next Nations League, and could come up against the likes of Wales, Austria and Turkey.