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the blues fall against the Netherlands

The Dutch team is delighted with their victory.
The Dutch team is delighted with their victory. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

An orange lion, sharp fangs, will rip off the Gallic cock … The typhus implanted at the beginning of the meeting by the audience of the Stade Feyenoord Rotterdam predicted the night awaiting the France team. Wishing to pay the scalp world champions, Dutch fans were awarded: the Netherlands won 2-0 on the way to the Blues on Friday, November 16, during the fifth day of the stage. of chickens from the League of Nations.

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A return to the world, this setback puts an end to the series of unbeaten players of coach Didier Deschamps, who had not fallen for another fifteen matches and a 3-2 defeat against Colombia in March in friendly. The Rotterdam disaster could be especially damaging to the French team in the League of Nations. While they needed only a draw to validate their qualification for the "four finalists", the semifinals of the tournament, scheduled for June 2019, the Tricolores sank in the port city. The band where Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane won the Euro 2000.

If they temporarily hold the head of their pool, one point ahead of the Dutch, the Blues are no longer masters of their fate. Indeed, due to a better goal difference (+4), the Batavians would bid farewell to the title race if they made at least one draw on Monday, November 19, in Gelsenkirchen, against Germany. already eliminated and relegated to League B next year.

"It does not depend on us anymore"

Engaged in his parka, Didier Deschamps did not fail to point out " glaring deficiencies "Of his players, totally outdated, even spectral, in the second half. Visibly irritated, the Blues boss saw in this misstep a part of the decompression Post Mondial and did not spare his troops at a press conference. " That hurts. Our goal was to secure this first place, lostinvaded the Bayonne, whose changes proved ineffective. It does not depend on us anymore. It's a logical defeat. We had a lack of technical waste. There is no image. "

In the auditorium of the Stade Feyenoord, Didier Deschamps did not attempt to explain this setback by the litany of absences, wounds and crimes (Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Mendy, Alexandre Lacazette, Samuel Umtiti) for which he was confronted in this international truce of November. " I'd rather have all available, but I will not find that as an excuse. It is a difficult time, there are injured, but with the players that are there, we should be able to do better He said, wincing.

Between sighs, the coach praised the qualities of "Oranje", absent in Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup and in the middle of the new season under the command of coach Ronald Koeman. Named at the head of the Netherlands in February, the Dutch legend can be proud to have torn the tricolor building after knocking down Germany 3-0 in October. With their creators Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong and Ryan Babel, the Dutch team clearly dominated the Blues in the first period before killing any suspense in the second act.

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Feyenoord Rotterdam's former player (1995-1997) and Feyenoord Rotterdam coach Ronald Koeman offer the Netherlands, defeated (2-1) in September at the Stade de France, a prestigious success against the world champions. Revanchards, the "Oranje" remained in five consecutive defeats against the Tricolor: their last success against the Bleus goes back to … June 2008, during the first round of the Euro, organized in Switzerland and Austria. Eternity.

The judgments of Hugo Lloris

" The Netherlands had many situations and without the parades of Hugo Lloris, could have been worse yet Admitted, bitter, Didier Deschamps. It should be said that the captain and goalkeeper of the Blues have a long time afloat their partners. Since the start of the game, the Tottenham goalkeeper has saved his team, deflecting a supersonic attack from Ryan Babel (2and minutes). Despite an ugly reflex, he could not do anything in the opening of the scoreboard signed shortly before half-time by half-athlete Georginio Wijnaldum. The goal of the Liverpool player then turned the Dutch fans into ecstasy in the biting cold.

In the second half, the audience at the Rotterdam Stadium jumped at the mercy of the spectacular Lloris parades. Completely deserted by his defense, the French goalkeeper believed to limit the break, repelling, in the time of stoppage, a powerful kick from Frenkie de Jong, after a quick counterattack. But shortly before the final whistle, English referee Anthony Taylor scored the penalty after an absurd error of Moussa Sissoko's return in his area.

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Under the "orange cast" applause, Lyonnais Memphis Depay reduced the score by fooling Lloris with a subtle "panenka". The Dutch players made a comeback of honor as the bleachers were lit by lanterns, similar to fireflies on a chilly night.

Impotent or even ghostly on the lawn, the Blues swung between disappointment and annoyance after the game. " We were completely overwhelmed. We miss it. We were not good, The midfielder mumbled Blaise Matuidi, acknowledging that his coach " I was upset ".

For their last outing in 2018, the Blues will have to redeem themselves against Uruguay on Tuesday, November 20, in a friendly at the Stade de France. In order to close in a very different way this year as exciting as exceptional.

Rémi Dupré (Rotterdam (special envoy))

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