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Tanya Simon
October 16, 2018

European worldwide football has a handful of truly special games and one of those is undoubtedly between the Netherlands and Germany, a rivalry which dates back to the Second World War and was played out on Saturday with the Dutch emerging as unlikely 2-0 winners.

And though the withdrawals of both Van Dijk and Salah should not be considered positive as they are due to injuries, that they are seen as precautionary is a boost.

Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored to earn Netherlands a 3-0 win over Germany and left Joachim Low's men still without a win or a goal in the Nations League.

Wijnaldum sealed the win in injury time with a low shot into the bottom corner.

These are dark days for the Germans, still reeling from their woeful World Cup display when they crashed out early after finishing bottom of their group.

Low's Germany, who won the World Cup in 2014, have only one point from their opening two Nations League matches.

Van Dijk opened the scoring with a well-taken header after Ryan Babel had headed against the crossbar on 30 minutes.

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Depay added a second late on from a quick counter-attack after being set up by Quincy Promes.

Germany take on the world champions in Paris on Tuesday, which will be Loews 169th match in charge of the national side, more than any of his predecessors.

Loew had promised an improved performance from the Germans.

Schalke striker Mark Uth made his debut up front with RB Leipzig winger Timo Werner and Mueller on the flanks.

Van Dijk has been walking wounded for several weeks.

Depay then hit the crossbar, before Wijnaldum added another in the third minute of stoppage time.

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