Bruno Martins Indi struggled to describe the mood in the Netherlands camp following their late defeat by Austria, telling UEFA.com: "I'm very disappointed and so is the whole team."
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Bruno Martins Indi summed up the desolate mood in the Netherlands camp after a late Austrian goal knocked Wim van Zwam's side out of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
With time running out at the Stade Michel Farré, the Oranje – who were making their U19 finals bow in France – looked set for a place in the semi-finals even allowing for England's last-gasp equaliser against the hosts in the day's other Group A game. With just three minutes left in Mondeville, however, Georg Teigl was checked by Ricardo van Rhijn as he advanced into the Netherlands penalty area and Marco Djuricin held his nerve to send Jeroen Zoet the wrong way from the spot.
That ended Dutch hopes of a place in the last four, Austria even pipping their opponents to third position and a place in next year's FIFA U-20 World Cup. The mood in the Netherlands camp was understandably downbeat post-match, Martins Indi putting the general ambience into words: "I'm very disappointed and so is the whole team," he told UEFA.com.
The Netherlands certainly had their opportunities, Luc Castaignos having a shot deflected against the crossbar early in the second period, and continued to press forward even after Leandro Bacuna's 80th-minute red card. Feyenoord forward Castaignos was again denied by the woodwork before substitute Lorenzo Ebicilio found himself with time and space inside the penalty area only to shoot straight at goalkeeper Philip Petermann. "We had chances today but you have to score to win," Martins Indi added. "That wasn't possible today; Austria are also a good team, but [not scoring] was very important. They played as a team and we didn't do that very well today."
The imposing Feyenoord defender started the first game against France – a match in which he scored an own goal – at left-back, subsequently moving into the centre at half-time as Van Zwam reorganised his back line. Martins Indi remained in that position for the rest of the tournament, and hopes the Dutch can take plenty out of their experience in Normandy despite the devastating manner of their exit. "We have to learn from this," he said. "We're still young boys and we have to use this for the future."