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De Haan delights in winning beginning

Published: Monday 11 June 2007, 0.57CET
Coach Foppe de Haan says the Netherlands have room to improve but have put themselves in a strong position in Group A following the victory against Israel.
De Haan delights in winning beginning
Netherlands coach Foppe de Haan encourages his side in Heerenveen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsIsrael

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners3
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A NED / ISR / POR / BEL(Host country: Netherlands)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Netherlands Netherlands11001013
Portugal Portugal10100001
Belgium Belgium10100001
Israel Israel100101-10
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Monday 11 June 2007, 0.57CET

De Haan delights in winning beginning

Coach Foppe de Haan says the Netherlands have room to improve but have put themselves in a strong position in Group A following the victory against Israel.

Netherlands coach Foppe de Haan believes his side still have room to improve but have put themselves in a strong position after defeating Group A rivals Israel 1-0 in the opening match of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Hedwiges Maduro scored the only goal of the game at the Abe Lenstra Stadium in the tenth minute when he tapped in Royston Drenthe's free-kick, consigning Israel to a defeat coach Guy Levy did not feel reflected a strong performance from his side.

Foppe de Haan, Netherlands coach
This is my third year as coach of the national youth team and in my experience the first match is always difficult as you don't know the strength of your opponents or where your own team stands in relation to them. We could still improve a few things, but we won which puts us in a position to progress in the tournament. We played well at the beginning but then we gave away the initiative. When [Royston] Drenthe came up front things began to happen because of his fighting spirit. I don't know how [Ismaïl] Aissati] is at the moment. He has been suffering from the injury for quite some time already. He probably triggered it again after sliding. Now we have to wait and see but I'm not positive about it. We've got three points now but we still have a lot to do.

Guy Levy, Israel coach
I'm very proud of my players, we were just a bit unlucky with regards to scoring. In the middle of the pitch we were particularly good and were very organised. We created three or four good chances then conceded from a set-piece but that's football for you. We were facing a very good side but we were still able to stop them, particularly in the middle. We'll move on from this match to play Belgium and hopefully we'll get a good result to keep us in with a chance. I don't know much about Ben Sahar's injury but I hope he will be all right. The Dutch are the holders. They won the tournament with a defeat in their opening game last year so let's hope the same thing happens for us this time.

Last updated: 11/06/07 23.47CET

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