Following their 1-1 draw with Ecuador, which saw the Netherlands snatch a point from the jaws of victory, Louis van Gaal’s men need a point against the hosts to progress to the last 16. Van Gaal, though, was disappointed with Oranje’s performance.
“We were poor in terms of ball possession and if you’re not good at ball possession you won’t reach the other half. We would lose the ball too quickly so we could not pass to our own players,” he told reporters.
“Plus we lost every challenge, every duel, every second ball. Ecuador could have won but they did not have many chances either.
“I must say I was satisfied [with the result] but I was not satisfied with the game. We simply need to improve our game in terms of ball possession and we are working on that and we will continue to work on that. Whether we will make it [further] in this tournament I can’t say, I can’t guarantee that but I think so.”
As for Qatar, they are eliminated from their own tournament. Embarrassingly, they also become the first host nation to lose two matches in a single group round of an edition of the World Cup.
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