Sarina Wiegman is not really pleased with the Orange Women's game in the European Championship qualifying match with Slovenia. The vice-world champion won 2-4 on Friday in Murska Sobota, but the victory was only secured in the final phase.
"We won and I am very happy with that, but we all know that we can play better than we showed tonight," concluded Wiegman after the victory at the NOS .
"I thought we were playing really sloppily. We want to play dynamically, but that starts with putting down the formation well and gaining control of the game. That was too sloppy in the beginning and if you then lose the ball at times when it actually isn't must, then it lies with us. "
The Oranjevrouwen were surprised by a hit by Mateja Zver, after which Vivianne Miedema took care of the equalizer after half an hour. Lineth Beerensteyn gave the visitors the lead just after halftime, but twenty minutes before the end Kaja Korosev brought Slovenia to 2-2.
"Normally we play very energetically and that was really less today", says Wiegman. "We couldn't get a grip on the game, so it became restless and they became dangerous at times. That will have to be better on Tuesday."
Sherida Spitse scored twice in the final phase for the Orange Women. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Pointed again shows how important she is"
Sherida Spitse helped the Netherlands win the final phase. Twelve minutes before time the midfielder found the net with a bit of luck from a free kick and five minutes later she determined the final score with a beautiful free kick in the top corner.
"It shows again how important she is with her free kicks and what quality that is", Wiegman praised Spits. "She's there when it's needed."
The Orange women missed in Slovenia with Stefanie van der Gragt, Shanice van de Sanden, Jackie Groenen, Lieke Martens and Kika van Es no less than five important players due to injuries. Wiegman did not want to use that as an excuse for the poor play of her team.
"It is true that we are missing a number of players, but we still had enough quality on the pitch. But we can also do better with the team we were with today."
Because of the victory, the reigning European champion leads the group with nine points from three matches. The lead on number two Russia, which is the next opponent on Tuesday in Eindhoven, is three points. The Russians did play a game less.
Stand in EC qualification
- 1. The Netherlands 3-9 (14-2)
- 2. Russia 2-6 (5-0)
- 3. Slovenia 3-3 (7-5)
- 4. Kosovo 2-3 (2-5)
- 5. Turkey 3-1 (0-5)
- 6. Estonia 3-1 (0-11)