Blanking a new Loew for Germany
Germany’s UEFA Nations League campaign took a humiliating blow after a 3-0 loss at Netherlands on Saturday. Germany remains without a win in the top-tier League A and has yet to score a goal. In League B, the Czech Republic got its first win in the new competition — beating host Slovakia 2-1 — and Ireland and Denmark drew 0-0. In League D, Gibraltar won its first competitive game on a memorable night for the tiny territory.
Here’s a closer look at Saturday’s games:
Following its disastrous World Cup defence in Russia, Germany has been under pressure to show some progress but it didn’t come at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday night. The Germans failed to score for the third straight competitive game, including a hu- miliating 2-0 loss to South Korea in Russia and a 0-0 draw with France at home in the Nations League.
Captain Virgil van Dijk scored only his second international goal before Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum added two more as the Dutch ran riot late in the game.
The comprehensive defeat left Germany at the bottom of Group1with a single point, days before it heads to Paris to take on group leader and World Cup champion France.
France leads the Dutch by a point at the top of the standings.
“Why are we not scoring? That’s difficult to answer, we have clear chances,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.
Germany’s scoring woes were personified by Loew’s decision to play Mark Uth as a lone striker despite the 27-year-old Schalke player failing to score a goal this season. Uth was substituted in the second half.
Gibraltar’s national team recorded its first victory in a competitive match, a 1-0 win at Armenia, after losing its previous 22 competitive games.
Joseph Chipolina got the historic winner from the penalty spot in the Group 4 game in League D. Gibraltar players had to listen to the national anthem of Liechtenstein before the match, a mistake for which Armenia FA apologized.
Gibraltar hosts Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
Macedonia kept a perfect record with a 4-1 victory over Lichtenstein to lead with nine points. The other three teams are tied on three points.
In Group 1 of League D, Georgia beatAndorra 3-0 to move up to nine points. Latvia and Kazakhstan drew 1-1, pulling even with Andorra at two points.
Substitute striker Patrik Schick scored the winning goal for the visiting Czech Republic to beat Slovakia 2-1 in Trnava. Three minutes after coming off the bench, Schick rose in the area in the 76th minute to head in a cross from captain Borek Dockal.
It was the first win for the Czechs in the competition after losing to Ukraine.
Ukraine leads Group 1 in second-tier League B.
Ireland drew with Denmark in Group 4. Denmark tops the group with four points, one more than Wales in second. Ireland has one point.
Ole Selnaes scored the only goal for Norway to beat Slovenia 1-0 in Group 3 of League C for its second win and trail leader Bulgaria by three points. Bulgaria beat Cyprus 2-1. Cyprus has three points while Slovenia is on zero.
Virgil van Dijk scores the Netherlands’ first goal in a 3-0 win over Germany in UEFA Nations League play Saturday in Amsterdam.