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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine
Group E - Qualifications

Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"

12 October 2010

Bondscoach Bert van Marwijk was very satisfied after his team beat Sweden 4-1 in a qualification game for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. "It was more than excellent," Van Marwijk said.

Not that it was all that special, he added. "We played in the way we always want to play. The difference today was that we scored goals very easily. A performance gets judged differently then. But we left our opponents without chance."

Van Marwijk said it was understandable that his team dropped the pace a bit towards the end: "The players have a very tight schedule and they are a little tired. I can understand that at some point they take off some pressure and just let it role until the end."

Netherlands

4-1

Sweden

 

Goals

4' K. Huntelaar 1-0
37' I. Afellay 2-0
55' K. Huntelaar 3-0
59' I. Afellay 4-0
    4-1 A. Granqvist 69'
 

Cards

    S. Larsson 49'
    O. Toivonen 66'
 

Lineups

M. Stekelenburg   A. Isaksson  
E. Pieters   A. Granqvist  
G. van der Wiel   B. Safari 46' O. Wendt
J. Heitinga   D. Majstorovic  
J. Mathijsen   M. Lustig  
I. Afellay   A. Svensson  
M. van Bommel 71' Brama S. Larsson  
R. Van der Vaart   J. Elmander  
W. Sneijder   O. Toivonen 79' M. Berg
D. Kuyt 29' J. Lens P. Wernbloom 54' K. Kallstrom
K. Huntelaar 84' R. Van Nistelrooy Z. Ibrahimovic  

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