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Dutch batter Germany in Nations League

By AAP Newswire

Germany were left bottom of their UEFA Nations League group after a humiliating 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands while Gibraltar earned their first competitive win with a 1-0 triumph at Armenia in Group D4.

Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk headed home from close range after 30 minutes with Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum's late strikes piling more misery on Joachim Low's Germany, who suffered an embarrassing group stage exit at the World Cup in June.

Elsewhere, Denmark climbed to the top of League B Group 4 after a goalless away draw against the Republic of Ireland and the Czech Republic won 2-1 at Slovakia to move second in Group B1.

Low celebrated his record 168th game in charge of Germany, with his team starting the game well, but after failing to take their chances his night became one to forget as they suffered a first defeat to the Dutch in a competitive game since 1992.

"We are lacking confidence," Low, said after his side's third game without a goal resulted in a fifth loss in 2018.

"We are not in form and we were missing a number of injured players."

Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan were unfit for the match with Low handing a surprise debut to Schalke forward Mark Uth, who hasn't scored a goal this season.

Dutch boss Ronald Koeman was thrilled with his young side's performance as he continues their rebuild.

"Of course I'm proud," he said.

"This is a fantastic result that we've been waiting for for a long time."

In Dublin, neither Ireland nor Denmark could find the breakthrough, putting the visitors top of Group B4 on four points, ahead of Wales on three, while this was Ireland's first point.

In Trnava, Patrick Schick scored just three minutes after coming on as a substitute to earn the Czechs victory.

A dull game burst into life after the break when the Czechs went ahead as Michael Krmencik slotted home after 52 minutes.

Marek Hamsik, who won a record 108th cap for Slovakia, pulled the hosts level by blasting home from close range, but Schick's powerful header won the game in the 76th minute.

Bulgaria beat Cyprus 2-1 to move clear at the top of Group C3, maintaining their 100 per cent record, and they are followed by Norway, who earned a narrow win over Slovenia in Oslo thanks to Ole Selnaes's superb volley.

In Armenia, Joseph Chipolina's 50th minute penalty was enough to help Gibraltar to their first competitive win since joining UEFA in 2013, after 22 consecutive defeats.

Macedonia are top with nine points after thrashing Liechtenstein 4-1.

Valeri Kazaishvili struck twice to fire Georgia to a 3-0 win over Andorra, maintaining their 100 per cent record at the top of Group D1 while Latvia drew 1-1 with Kazakhstan.