‘Spineless’: Recriminations after Germany beaten 3-0 by Netherlands as woeful year continues
The Dutch ran out comprehensive winners in Amsterdam thanks to a header opener in the first half from defender Virgil van Dijk before Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum struck in the last 10 minutes.
It was the Netherlands’ first win over their great rivals in 16 years, and was their biggest-ever winning margin over the Germans.
3 - The Netherlands have beaten Germany with a 3+ goal margin for the first time in history. Historic. pic.twitter.com/rDscgOKO64— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 13, 2018
For Low’s team, the defeat continued an alarming slump which saw the team exit the World Cup in Russia at the group stage despite being defending champions.
They have lost five games in a calendar year for the first time in three decades, and have lost six of their last 10 games in total.
Germany have failed to score in three consecutive competitive matches:✖️ 0-2 vs. South Korea✖️ 0-0 vs. France✖️ 0-3 vs. NetherlandsThe first time it has ever happened in their history. 😳 pic.twitter.com/bOJ8Wc80Lz— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 13, 2018
They currently sit bottom of their UEFA Nations League group with one point, behind the Dutch and France – who will be looking to pile the pressure on when they meet the Germans in Paris on Tuesday.
It was a night to forget for Low, who was taking charge of the team for a record 168th time.
Netherlands 3, Germany 0In his team-record 168th match as Germany's coach, Joachim Löw presided over Germany's largest-ever defeat to the Netherlands.Germany has also lost 5 matches in a calendar year for the first time since 1985 (as West Germany). pic.twitter.com/kkk67pzaia— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 13, 2018
He criticized his team for “breaking apart” in the last 10 minutes, despite enjoying 60 percent of possession and having 21 shots.
The headline in Der Spiegel called the result a "debacle," with one writer simply stating: “It won’t get better.”
Die Mannshcaft have also endured a tumultuous time off the pitch since the World Cup, with midfielder Mesut Ozil retiring from the team amid accusations of racism.
Germany losing 3-0 against the Netherlands.And this time it’s not Özil’s fault.— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) October 13, 2018
Low was assured of his future after the World Cup debacle, where the team suffered defeats to Mexico and South Korea, although defeat against the holders France on Tuesday could spell doom for the man who has been at the helm since 2006.
The Dutch, in contrast, appear to have put their failure to qualify for the World Cup behind them as they rebuild under former player Ronald Koeman.