National coach Ronald Koeman is enthusiastic about the Dutch national team after the nice 2-4 victory on Friday in the European Championship qualifying match with Germany. The national coach thinks there is little to be said about the victory that brings the Dutch one step closer to the European Championship.
"The resilience of this Orange is great," Koeman said shortly after the last whistle to the NOS . "The team that has done the most to win has actually won. Germany played too reluctantly."
The national coach acknowledged that the Germans were better at the Volkspark stadium in Hamburg before the break. By a goal from Serge Gnabry, the home team led 1-0 halfway, while the Orange had barely had a chance.
"The field was not good, then you are less likely to find people between the lines. We could not become dangerous."
Frenkie de Jong made his first international goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"The bills turned out well"
By hits from Frenkie de Jong, debutant Donyell Malen, Georginio Wijnaldum and an own goal from the German defender Jonathan Tah, the Orange team turned around in the second half. In between, Toni Kroos used a penalty kick.
"The turnouts worked out well," said Koeman, who just before the 1-1 brought Davy Pröpper and Malen to Marten de Roon and Denzel Dumfries. "We built it up better and the Germans could no longer walk it."
Thanks to the victory, the Orange team has six points after three qualifying matches, although Koeman's team is still third in group C. Germany has three more points, but also played one more game. Northern Ireland, which has also played one more game, is leading with six points ahead of the Netherlands.
On Monday, the Orange comes back into action and then Estonia is the next opponent in Tallinn. The Estonians are still scoreless, after losing 1-2 to Belarus on Friday. Germany will play Northern Ireland on Monday in Belfast, which also hits the Netherlands twice.
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