July 29, 2014
Dutch media wonder about Orange 'guts'
While coach Van Gaal warns the World Cup 3rd-4th place playoff should not be played for pointless, media in the Netherlands continue to echo the 4-2 penalty defeat that stopped the Orange from making it to Sunday’s finale against Germany.
“The dream is over,” one of the most prestious newspapers in Holland De Telgraaf said. “No one had to much expectations about the team’s performance except for coach Louis Van Gaal but the Dutch have accomplished great moments of euphoria,” the daily adds.
Aiming at the UEFA 2010 midfielder of the year, De Verdieping Trouw newspaper questioned Wesley Sneijder for failing to “make the difference.” “Sneijder failed at the time of making the good passes to Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie and the midfield was sealed.”
But it was the Volkstrant that went for the harshest line talking about the team’s “lack of guts” to win yesterday’s clash against Argentina, wondering "who gets consolation in a consolation final?"
The Netherlands will face host nation Brazil, who were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the other semi on Tuesday. The match will take place in the capital Brasilia.