AMSTERDAM: Memphis Depay scored one goal and put in an exhilarating all-round display as the Netherlands outclassed Germany 3-0 in their UEFA Nations League clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday.
Koeman brought on another debutant in Nigerian-born Arnaut Groeneveld, ending the hopes of the African nation that he would turn out for them, as the home side looked to stem a growing German dominance in midfield.
The Dutch had to soak up pressure and looked to hit the visitors on the break — something they managed on repeated occasions — but both Depay and Wijnaldum drew blanks, when the former’s effort was saved by Manuel Neuer before Wijnaldum shot wildly over the bar with just the keeper to beat.
Depay would not be denied his goal, though, and when he used his pace to outstrip the German defence again, this time he had the beating of Neuer.
The resounding win was completed late on when the lively Depay’s dummy put Wijnaldum through on goal and the midfielder drilled the ball low into the net to record the Netherlands’ largest ever victory over Germany.
“We played OK until we conceded and then did not use our chances,” Loew said. “After conceding, you could see that recent results have led to a lack of confidence. Why are we not scoring? That’s difficult to answer, we have clear chances.