Great stuff from the team in orange!!!
Holland qualified from the group of death in style beating France 4-1 in another stylish victory. So in two consecutive matches they have made a mockery of last World Cup finalists, beating Italy previously 3-0. The team has shown all the flair of its coach Marco Van Basten in the way they play.
Robben’s substitution made all the difference in the way Holland switched on the style and pace. The first half ended with the Dutch leading by a Kuyt goal. The second was one of the best counter attack goals that you will see this season, a neat work from Nistelrooy, a swift run and cross from Robben and a clinical finish from Van Persie. The third was a Robben special from an acute angle. He had very little space to plug he shot which is what he did. The picture will show you how much little space was left for him to make an attempt.
The last goal came in the injury time adding insult to injury to the French team. The ever improving Sneijder with a trademark finish to seal the win. Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Persie, Robben, Bronckhorst and Nistelrooy are the players who make this team click with their attacking flair. except for Nistelrooy who is past 30, this whole bunch of players will be there for the long haul for the Dutch. Van der Saar was also quite impressive under the bar.
As for the French, it has to be said that they played better than they played against the Romanians. But age shows especially in defence. Gallas has dropped his guard towards the end of the season with Arsenal and with the ageing Thuram were no match for the Dutch attacks. Henry has lost some of the gloss off his skills, with his mess of a easy chance with only the goalie to beat. Anelka and Gomis were both out of sorts. The team needs a complete overhaul.
Anyways, three cheers for the Dutch!!!