Virgil van Dijk was critical of the game of the Dutch national team in the first half on Sunday evening after the 0-0 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Nations League.
‘Could have walked differently’
The Orange played an extremely poor game in the Bosnian Zenica. It was not until deep in the second half that the team of national coach Frank de Boer forced some real chances, but there was no goal in the Bilino Polje stadium.
“I am very disappointed, you just want to win here. WE at the end of the scoreless draw.
“In the first half the pace was too low, so we couldn’t get through. We still get to dangerous moments through some set pieces, but it should have been much better.”
The second half was slightly better from the Dutch side, according to the 29-year-old central defender, but not enough to leave Bosnia with three points.
“The organization was better in the second half, the ball went around faster, but that still led to few really big chances”, the Orange captain analyzed. “The alternation between depth and getting into the ball was not good enough, it is easy to defend for Bosnia.”
Orange captain Virgil van Dijk in a duel with Milan Djuric of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van Dijk acknowledged that Bosnia and Herzegovina also became dangerous several times in the counter both before half-time and in the second half. For example, the Orange escaped a deficit when Jasper Cillessen tapped a hard shot by Miralem Pjanic from the corner.
“You also have to be lucky, it could have turned out differently,” said Van Dijk. “But overall, we must be disappointed that we didn’t win here.”
The Orange is on four points after three games in the Nations League. The losing finalist of the previous edition will visit Italy on Wednesday, which won 0-1 in Amsterdam last month.
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