Van Dijk and Dutch team-mates lament first-half ‘difficulties’ against Germany
Speaking after the game the Liverpool defender criticised the Netherlands’ first-half performance, as did Matthijs de Ligt and Memphis Depay
Virgil van Dijk and his Dutch team-mates claimed they were unlucky to lose against Germany on Sunday night, but only had themselves to blame after a poor first-half performance.
The four-time World champions had led 2-0 in Amsterdam on Sunday, through goals from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry, but were pegged back in the second period.
Strikes from Matthijs de Ligt and Memphis Depay meant the Netherlands were on level terms within 20 minutes of half-time, only to concede a heart-breaking injury-time winner from Nico Schulz.
While Van Dijk was pleased with the resolve shown by his compatriots to come back to 2-2, the skipper feels it demonstrated the side is still recovering from a lacklustre few years on the international scene.
“We knew we have a long way to go and tonight proved that,” Van Dijk told NOS.
“We came back so well and then you should grab a point at least. Too bad it didn’t work out that way. We had difficulties in the first half.
“They had a lot of movement and we weren’t organised well. We improved a lot in the second half when Frenkie de Jong played more from midfield.”
Van Dijk’s defensive partner, De Ligt, echoed his team-mate’s sentiments.