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Germany moves from UEFA Nations League top level to cap miserable 2018 | football


Germany has been transformed from League A in the initial Nations League, which became a terrible 2018 for Joachim Lows becoming even worse.

Netherlands's impressive 2-0 home victory over world champion France in Rotterdam on Friday ensured that Germany will finish the bottom of Group 1 in League A, which is the highest level of the UEFA competition.

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Germany's closure comes with a game to save – they still have to host the Netherlands on Monday, and have just collected a score from their three Nations League games so far.

They join Iceland and Poland in moving from top level. Croatia or England will join the Trio in league B next season.

Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Denmark are among the teams that will replace Germany in league A, with Russia or Sweden to fill the last place and play at a higher level than Germany in the 2020-21 competition.

Germany's Nations League closure comes after a humiliating World Cup title defense, they saw crashing out in this year's showpiecein Russia at the first hurdle, failing to get out of the group phase.

They lost to Mexico and South Korea at the World Cup, and went out for the first time for the first time since 1938.

In 12 matches this year, Germany has won only four.

First Published: November 17, 2018 10:19 AM

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