"We've have shown we are broken the slump but I did not expect that we would be so much better through 90 minutes", said a delighted Ronald Koeman after a 2-0 win in Rotterdam inflicted a first defeat on the French since they won the World Cup in Russian Federation.
They would have been beaten by a bigger margin had it not been for a string of saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
'I did not expect this group to be able to read the game so well and play mature.
France looked outclassed for much of the match. We talk about it every time, that next step.
The Germans beat Russian Federation 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday, with youngsters Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry scoring the goals, and Loew insisted his side has a bright future.
But they looked anything but overawed at the Feyenoord Stadium against a French side who only needed a draw to win the group. "We weren't at the races and didn't show enough".
The match would have been done and dusted long before the final whistle had it not been for Tottenham stopper Lloris, who engaged in an nearly personal battle with the Netherlands' vibrant front three of Depay, Ryan Babel and Steven Bergwijn.
The Dutch meanwhile peppered Lloris' goal from the off, with Wijnaldum forcing the France keeper's first save with just a minute on the clock following an impressive burst from star turn Depay. "The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch", said Lloris, easily France's best performer. "From the beginning to the end we played really well", Koeman said.
Deschamps, whose saw his side's 15-match unbeaten run ended, added: 'We're not going to take refuge behind absences, the high level has requirements and we did not meet them.
Starting with League A, the sole game tonight between France and the Netherlands had ramifications for the entirety of Group A.
"This win shows the spirit of the team, the quality of the players we have", said Depay.