11/18/2018 8:04:27 PM

Germany out to dent Dutch dreams after 'slap in face' year

Germany out to dent Dutch dreams after

Gelsenkirchen, Germany: Germany want to end their 'slap in the face' year by beating the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Monday and preventing the Dutch from reaching the Nations League knock-out phase.

The Netherlands need just a point to qualify for the semi-finals after their 2-0 win over France on Friday, which sent Germany down to League B.

But relegated Germany could dash Dutch hopes of topping Group A1 with a win in their final game of 2018, which would hand first place and a semifinal berth to France.

After losing 3-0 away to the Dutch last month -- one of a record six defeats the Germans have suffered in 2018 -- head coach Joachim Loew needs a moral-boosting win as he rebuilds his team in the wake of their World Cup disaster.

"We have a point to prove and will do everything to win this match," said Loew in Sunday's press conference.

"It's a shame for us that we can no longer turn the situation in the group, now we have to learn the right lessons and make the most of a disappointing year.

"We want to sign off with another strong performances to prove we are on the right track.

"We have been one of the most consistent teams over the last 10 years - this year was a real slap in the face, which was disappointing, but now it goes on."

Germany are rebuilding after a woeful World Cup when they crashed out after the group stages in Russia. A youthful team, with an average age of just 24, beat Russia 3-0 in Leipzig last Thursday.

Goals by Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Niklas Suele saw off the Russians in a friendly, but Loew is likely to name a more experienced side against the Dutch.

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