Netherlands 2-0 France
16 November 2018
De Kuip, Rotterdam
Scorers: Wijnaldum, Depay (pen)
The Netherlands beat official champions France to take the UFWC title and become Unofficial Football World Champions. A fairly comprehensive 2-0 win over a lacklustre French team provided the Dutch with their first UFWC win since 2014. The Netherlands have had a rough time in international football of late, but have historically enjoyed a lot of success in the UFWC. This was their 51st UFWC title match victory, and they are fourth in the all-time UFWC rankings.
The Dutch took the lead just before halftime, when Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum took advantage of a rebound in the box to slot home. Ronald Koeman’s team dominated the second half, and made sure of the win in the 96th minute, when Memphis Depay converted a penalty after Moussa Sissoko fouled Frenkie De Jong in the box.
The next UFWC title match comes around very quickly. The Netherlands play Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday, 19 November, in their decisive Nations League group match. A win for the Dutch would see them win the group and qualify for the next stage, while a win for Germany would see France progress, and of course would see Germany take the UFWC title. The match, at the Veltins-Arena, kicks off at 19:45.
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