Virgil van Dijk slams the Netherlands first-half performance against Germany

    After a stunning 4-0 win over Belarus in the Euro 2020 qualifying opener, the Netherlands suffered a 3-2 home loss to Germany on the Second matchday

    Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry silenced the Johan Cruyff Arena in the first half, with Ryan Babel wasting two clear-cut opportunities to put the ball past Manuel Neuer’s back.

    However, Holland bounced back after a difficult first period to level the score midway point through the second half through the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Memphis Depay.

    Unfortunately for Ronald Koeman’s men, TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Nico Schulz helped Die Mannschaft to grab all three points in the final moments of the encounter.

    During the post-match interview, the Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk has admitted his team has struggled to cope with Germany’s movements in the first half.

    β€œWe knew we have a long way to go and tonight proved that,” the 27-year-old stated.

    β€œWe came back so well, and then you should grab a point at least. Too bad it didn’t work out that way. We had difficulties in the first half.

    β€œThey had a lot of movement, and we weren’t organized well. We improved a lot in the second half when Frenkie de Jong played more from midfield.”

    Van Dijk’s defensive colleague Matthijs de Ligt has only confirmed his skipper’s words.

    β€œThe first half wasn’t good,” Ajax vice-captain said.

    “We didn’t put on the pressure, and they had a lot of space. Germany has very skillful players. Maybe we were somehow scared to attack Germany.

    β€œIn the second half we showed we’re a good team, but that was too late. It’s the Dutch mentality to try to score the third goal. You could keep pressing or defend, and we did the first thing, but you should remain focused, and we lacked in the end.”

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