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Van Basten proud of Dutch efforts

Marco van Basten
Van Basten guided his men to three wins out of three

Netherlands coach Marco van Basten paid tribute to his entire squad for the emphatic manner in which they secured a place in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals.

The Dutch scored nine goals in their three group wins, including a 2-0 victory over Romania by a second XI.

"It is great for us because we played well once again," he said after the win over Romania.

"We have had three excellent matches with different players. I'm very pleased with the whole squad."

He added: "We played a good game. We started poorly - maybe because the pitch was a little bit wet.

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"After a difficult 20-25 minutes, we came into the game, played better and better and created a lot of chances.

"We have got to be very proud and happy that we have won three games.

"In the beginning it was the 'Group of Death', so nine points and nine goals - we can be very happy about that."

Arsenal's Robin van Persie, who scored the second goal against the Romanians, was picked ahead of regular striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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However, the forward was keen to stress he was not playing with the Dutch reserves.

"This result says a lot. This is not a 'B' team," he said.

"We have one group, 23 players. We are as good as equals."

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Group C
17 June 2008 21:41
    P GD PTS
1 Netherlands 3 8 9
2 Italy 3 -1 4
3 Romania 3 -2 2
4 France 3 -5 1

see also
Netherlands 2-0 Romania
17 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Piturca philosophical in defeat
17 Jun 08 |  Romania
Netherlands 4-1 France
13 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Netherlands 3-0 Italy
09 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Netherlands team guide
15 May 08 |  Netherlands
Romania team guide
15 May 08 |  Romania


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