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Sneijder stunned by Dutch struggles

Published: Wednesday 13 June 2012, 22.40CET
Wesley Sneijder admitted he was struggling to believe the Netherlands' plight at the foot of Group B after losing to Germany but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stressed: "We still have a chance."
Sneijder stunned by Dutch struggles
Wesley Sneijder feels "disbelief" at the Netherlands' position in Group B ©Getty Images
 
Published: Wednesday 13 June 2012, 22.40CET

Sneijder stunned by Dutch struggles

Wesley Sneijder admitted he was struggling to believe the Netherlands' plight at the foot of Group B after losing to Germany but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stressed: "We still have a chance."

Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder admitted he was struggling to believe his team's plight at the foot of Group B. Bert van Marwijk's side's 2-1 defeat by Germany left the 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up still seeking their first points of UEFA EURO 2012, but Sneijder conceded there remained a glimmer of hope for the Oranje in Sunday's showdown with Portugal. "It's all or nothing," he said.

Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands midfielder
It's mainly disbelief that I am feeling right now. Having said that, we know that our game needs to improve. We need to get our routines on the pitch back, the things we are used to, the courage to play. Maybe in that last game, because we know we have to win it, there'll be no other chance. It's all or nothing on Sunday, and perhaps we can bring our own football back in that game.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Netherlands forward
We were losing at half-time, so nobody was pleased. We weren't happy either. In the second half we tried to get back on level terms, but as we were 2-0 down, that wasn't easy. Germany were able to pass the ball around. We were lucky that we scored because I think if we beat Portugal by a goal difference of two goals, we still have a chance, so that's what we're hanging on to. We never give in, that's what we will focus on.

Rafael van der Vaart, Netherlands forward
It's quite a blow, of course. You have to take your chances, then it gets easier, but they got two chances and scored two great goals. They were the better side, you have to acknowledge that. In the second half it was the other way around and maybe we deserved more, it just wasn't to be. They got tired somewhat, we got stronger and scored a magnificent goal.

Nigel de Jong, Netherlands midfielder
When you go 2-0 down against a team like Germany it's just very difficult. You saw that in the second half especially, we tried to get back into the game and succeeded in scoring to reduce the deficit, but it wasn't enough. It was a mixture of things [that went wrong], we have to analyse what happened and then look to the next match. We've still got a chance of qualifying so we have to remain calm and positive. It's always annoying when you lose, whether it's to Germany or to Denmark; we want to win every time and that's what we aim for.

Arjen Robben, Netherlands forward
There were periods where we didn't stand in the right position, we didn’t have the lines close enough to each other and we let them play far too easily. For sure there's still a chance. We need to think that if Germany fulfil their sporting duty, then it is still in our own hands if we beat Portugal by two goals. But we are reliant on them and that doesn't feel good.

Last updated: 20/06/12 4.02CET

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