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Dutch happy, profligacy ages Germany's Böger

Published: Monday 14 May 2012, 8.58CET
Stefan Böger feels that he has aged after watching Germany miss so many chances against Poland, whose coach Marcin Dorna is not yet ready for reflection on his time in Slovenia.
by Dan Ross
from Ljubljana
Dutch happy, profligacy ages Germany's Böger
Germany coach Stefan Böger celebrates the U17 semi-final win against Poland ©Sportsfile
Published: Monday 14 May 2012, 8.58CET

Dutch happy, profligacy ages Germany's Böger

Stefan Böger feels that he has aged after watching Germany miss so many chances against Poland, whose coach Marcin Dorna is not yet ready for reflection on his time in Slovenia.

After a fascinating pair of semi-final ties, we know that Germany and the Netherlands will battle it out in the decider for the third time in four years. Both coaches were happy with their team, though admit they found the going tough in the last four. Germany's profligacy aged Stefan Böger, while Albert Stuivenberg explained that Georgia's red card made life harder.

Stefan Böger, Germany coach
We did not do anything different for this match. We analysed Poland in detail, trained the same and tried to keep things at the same level as against France. I am very happy with the result but I am a little bit older now than I was before! We missed chances to get a second goal, and we have to hope that we are better in front of goal on Wednesday. Poland were very strong for the whole match. We are in the final and the result at the end of the day is the most important thing. 

Albert Stuivenberg, Netherlands coach
The red card did not help us – it meant that Georgia only defended and didn't leave much room for us to attack. In these situations, it is very difficult for young players to be patient. The Georgian team made the pitch very small and restricted space. This means the few chances we got become incredibly important – we missed many, but we kept on being positive and eventually we got what we deserved. Tonight we will celebrate a little bit, and from tomorrow we will focus on the final.

Vasil Maisuradze, Georgia coach
Two yellow cards in a minute was always going to hurt us. After that, knowing what a challenge it would be, my aim was for us to use a zonal defence and get to penalties. If you are lucky then, you can win. They are the sort of team that are very fast even when you are playing eleven against eleven, so we tried to defend, but then in the last minute, we were broken. Thank you to our nation and to these players. They did very well and I am proud. This must be considered a success. We have no experience of tournaments like this, so to get into the semi-finals for the first time is very pleasing.

Marcin Dorna, Poland coach
At this moment, it is hard. Maybe in a week or a month we can look back and say 'we had a good tournament in Slovenia', but right now we are very sad that we lost this game. I thought a goal was going to come, but it never did and that is why we are now going home. We were playing the last European finalists, so we were playing one of the best teams here, and I think they now have a great chance to win the final. We had a good time here, it has been a great adventure.

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