‘I’m proud of the way we played in the second half… it would’ve been fairer if we had taken a point’: Ronald Koeman pleased with Holland fightback against Germany despite late defeat
- Holland lost 3-2 at home to Germany in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday
- The Dutch were trailing 2-0 at half-time but levelled the scoreline on 63 minutes
- Yet, the Germans took maximum points with a 90th-minute winner
Ronald Koeman walked away with mixed feelings after his youthful Holland team conceded a 90th-minute winner to Germany and were beaten 3-2 at home in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.
After the Dutch had fought back from a two-goal half-time deficit, Koeman felt they could go on and win the game.
‘I’m proud of the way we played in the second half. We were 2-0 down and in that situation you cannot sit back,’ the Holland coach said.
Holland manager Ronald Koeman had mixed feelings after watching his side lose to Germany
Nico Schulz’s (left) 90th-minute winner saw Germany win 3-2 in their Euro 2020 qualifier
Memphis Depay (right) had looked to salvage a point for Holland after they trailed 2-0
‘We played really well to come back into the game but then, it would have been fairer if we had taken a point.’
Koeman said it was difficult to face the Germans in any match.
‘With Germany it can always go in any direction. In last year’s Nations League we beat them but it could easily have ended in a draw,’ he said.
‘Then we drew with them away and that could have easily ended up in defeat. Now we could have won but end up losing.
‘That’s how close it has been between the two of us. I think we must take that as a compliment for the Dutch team.’
The excitement of the comeback was such that Koeman tore his trousers in celebrating Memphis Depay’s goal and appeared on Dutch television after the final whistle wearing a track suit.
For Koeman, his attentions now turn to their Nations League semi-final with England in June
‘It was torn from the top to my ankles. It didn’t look too pretty. Not that I look much better now,’ he joked.
Koeman’s team next play in June’s Nations League finals in Portugal where they meet England in the semi-finals.
They began the Euro 2020 qualifying with a convincing 4-0 win over Belarus in Rotterdam and resume the campaign on September 6, away in Germany.