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UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine
Group E - Qualifications

Van Marwijk: "We played very well"

8 October 2010

The Netherlands beat Moldavia 0-1 on Friday night. Yet other than the result might indicate Holland manager Bert van Marwijk was happy with the way his team had performed.

"We played well and were in control for most of the game," he said afterwards. "But in the first half we should have scored three or four goals and decided matters earlier."

"In the second half we again missed too many chances. Because of that it was a bit tricky towards the end. That was unnecessary. But most important thing here was to win and we did that. We didn't give away much."

Van Marwijk also said that Moldavia played a little different than he had expected. "They started very defensive. They changed that a little bit in the second half. But Frank de Boer (assistant to Van Marwijk) still noted nine good chances. We should converted more of those."

Captain Mark van Bommel was content the game of his team. "We played very well, but should have this game matters earlier. When you score a second it's over. Now we had to pay attention all the way."

Van Bommel who ended the game with some minor knee problems, was happy with the way Holland did things tactically: "We were always able to find either Wesley Sneijder or Rafael van der Vaart in-between the lines. That was good."

On Tuesday Holland take on Sweden in the Amsterdam Arena.


0 - 1




37' Huntelaar

S. Namasco   M. Stekelenburg  
A. Epureanu   E. Pieters  
P. Racu   G. van der Wiel  
S. Bulgaru   J. Heitinga  
V. Bolohan   J. Mathijsen  
V. Golovatenko   I. Afellay 90' U. Emanuelson
E. Cebotaru 69' V. Andronic M. van Bommel  
V. Bordiyan   R. Van der Vaart  
A. Suvorov   W. Sneijder  
A. Doros 78' N. Josan D. Kuyt  
V. Frunza 46' I. Bugaev K. Huntelaar  


Euro 2012 campaign - Results, schedule, standings

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Robben: "Hard to grasp"
Van Bommel after defeat: "I'm a little speechless"
Van Marwijk: "In no mood to get negative"
Flat Dutch don't know what to do with 20+ chances
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup
Joris Mathijsen recovering well
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"
Mathijsen still uncertain - could miss entire tournament
Holland and Denkmark: head-to-head
Van Persie seems worth the confidence
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"
Ibi and Rafa show manager he has options
Ibrahim Afellay Oranje's Zidane?
Van Marwijk looking for certainties
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"
Bouma: "I've gone through the desert"
Van Persie: "Defeat at this point not a problem"
Euro 2012 finals squad
Mathijsen strains muscle
Bulgarians surprise Oranje
Ola Toivonen's goal sees Sweden beat Holland and qualify
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sinks Moldova
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
Netherlands thrash San Marino in Euro 2012 qualifier
Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands
Oranje trash Hungary
Sweden no match for Oranje
Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"
Dirk Kuyt out for months
"We are prepared for all scenarios"
Minimal but easy win for Holland in Moldavia
Van Marwijk: "We played very well"
Holland want result after tumultuous week
Van der Vaart to replace De Jong
"This case only has losers"
Van Marwijk drops Nigel de Jong
Holland & Moldavia: head-to-head
Holland & Sweden: head-to-head
Wisgerhof replaces Maduro
Bouma back on the radar
Netherlands - Finland 2-1
Van Marwijk: "We were late all over the pitch"
Van Bommel: "There wasn't anymore in it"
Heitinga: "That can not happen"
Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side
Kuyt and Boulahrouz out with injury
"It all revolves around Jari Litmanen"
Sneijder: "Don't tinker with it"
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
Van Marwijk: "Second half was better"
San Marino-Netherlands 0-5
Oranje: a new mission