UEFA Euro 2012
Portugal vs Netherlands 20:45 SS3
Denmark vs Germany 20:45 SS5
KHARKIV - Netherlands need to quickly find the missing style they have been unable to locate at Euro 2012 if they are to have any chance of staying alive in the tournament, playmaker Wesley Sneijder said.
Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by Germany, following the opening loss to Denmark, leaves one of the pre-tournament favourites and World Cup finalists two years ago without a point at the foot of Group B.
“We know that our game needs to improve. We need to get our routines on the pitch back, the things we are used to, the courage to play,” Sneijder told reporters.
“Maybe in that last game, because we know we have to win it, there’ll be no other chance. It’s all or nothing on Sunday and perhaps we can bring our own football back in that game.”
Although their future is out of their hands, the Dutch could still progress to the quarter-finals if they beat Portugal on Sunday and Germany take care of Denmark.
Even then goal difference in the games between the teams on three points would come into play but none of that will matter if Bert van Marwijk’s side are unable to solve the numerous problems afflicting them.
Winger Arjen Robben - who stomped off the field and removed his shirt when substituted - highlighted the disjointed nature of the Dutch play with little fluency between defence, midfield and attack.
“There is no cohesion between our lines, there are gaps and we are not connecting and then it is very difficult to recover the ball,” he remarked.
“At the moment we are not steady as a team like we were two years ago and there is not one area to blame. We failed as a team.
“Now we have to hope that Germany will do their duty against the Danes and we have to avenge our first two defeats and hope.”We are not in control now and that doesn’t feel good.”