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Koeman's humble efficiency after the struggling of his Dutch workforce

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First semi-final in 20 years – Holland turns the sport towards Turkey

In an intense European Championship quarter-final, Holland beat Turkey 2-1. Akaydin places the Turks within the lead, however the Dutch hit again within the second half and are within the semi-finals. The highlights within the video.

The Netherlands are within the semi-finals of the European Championship for the primary time in 20 years. After the sport, coach Ronald Koeman and his match winner speak in regards to the significance of the victory. Koeman specifically strikes an astonishing tone.

EIt's been some time because the Netherlands reached the semi-finals of a European Championship. That was in 2004, when a younger Cristiano Ronaldo scored to provide the hosts the lead in a 2-1 loss towards Portugal. It's been even longer because the Dutch received their solely title, 36 years in the past after they received the European Championship in Germany. Ronald Koeman was additionally on the pitch.

The present nationwide coach was capable of assess the two:1 (0:1) victory towards Turkey and the related leap into the semi-finals pretty nicely. Koeman, 61, did so in an astonishingly considerate method shortly earlier than midnight within the Olympic Stadium. “This is something special for the whole nation,” mentioned the 1988 European champion, who needed to smile gently when requested in regards to the significance of the victory. “We are a small nation and are playing in the semi-finals with Spain, France and England. We are very proud that we can play against England on Wednesday.” An nearly humble evaluation of 1's personal efficiency.

Ronald Koeman at the press conference after the victory against Turkey

Ronald Koeman on the press convention after the victory towards Turkey

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That wasn't good firstly towards Turkey in a heated duel. After a very good begin, the Dutch discovered it more and more tough to seek out area within the opponent's half. After the 0:1, it regarded like a shock was in retailer within the heated Olympic Stadium, the place the Turkish followers dominated.

Orange celebration: Captain Virgil van Dijk (M.) hugs his teammates

Orange celebration: Captain Virgil van Dijk (M.) hugs his teammates

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“We had to suffer tonight. But it's never easy. It was a very emotional game,” mentioned Koeman, analyzing the efficiency of his gamers, who handed a sort of maturity take a look at in Berlin. “Sometimes we are accused of playing without heart. The players showed their big heart tonight.” Driven by striker Wout Weghorst, who got here on at half-time, it was Stefan de Vrij who introduced the momentum to the orange facet.

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In the seventieth minute, the central defender headed the ball into the Turkish aim at 67 km/h. The pressure of the header was transferred to the workforce. “I saw that I was free and looked at the ball. Memphis passed it to me brilliantly and luckily it was a goal,” mentioned de Vrij, who was voted participant of the match. “It was an important moment in the game, after which we quickly made it 2-1. We were patient and it paid off. It was a real battle.”

First semi-final in 20 years – Holland turns the sport towards Turkey

In an intense European Championship quarter-final, Holland beat Turkey 2-1. Akaydin places the Turks within the lead, however the Dutch hit again within the second half and are within the semi-finals. The highlights within the video.

After taking the lead by means of Mert Müldür, the Dutch threw themselves into each shot from the passionately attacking Turks, equivalent to Denzel Dumfries, who blocked a shot from Hakan Cahanoglu on the final second shortly earlier than the top. When a ball did get by means of, Bart Verbruggen saved. The Oranjes goalkeeper may now not be crushed by the Turks.

“Turkey could have made it 2-2 in the last few minutes. We were lucky,” admitted Koeman, who principally watched the sport together with his arms folded or sitting on the coach's bench. In a manner, the previous worldwide was a peaceful captain for his workforce within the generally overflowing feelings across the pitch.

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When the sport was received, Koeman insisted on going together with his gamers to the Oranje followers' nook. An orange wall of 25,000 Dutch folks jumped within the stands. “You have to be proud of this team. We had a good opponent, anything else would be disrespectful to Turkey,” defined the Dutch coach. “It was a great atmosphere,” mentioned de Vrij. “We also know the pictures from home and it's nice to see the country coming together like this.”

In the semi-final towards England

The street to the ultimate might be harder for the Dutch. In the better event tree – the opposite semi-final is between France and Spain – Oranje will face the English in Dortmund, who’ve up to now performed beneath their (out there) potential at this European Championship (Wednesday, 9 p.m., stay on the WELT ticker). “It means a lot to us to play against England,” mentioned match winner de Vrij. “The Netherlands against England is a wonderful game, especially in the semi-final of a European Championship.”

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When Koeman was requested by a Spanish reporter after the sport about his most popular opponent within the last, he was clearly making an attempt to be reserved. “First we have to win the semi-final,” he mentioned, which is what a coach has to say, and continued: “If we play the final, my personal preference is Spain because we had France in the group.” First of all, his workforce has to organize nicely for England. His “small nation” is going through a giant, however not unattainable, activity.

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