NED 1-3 RUS: Hiddink Downs Dutch
Hello to all. Sorry I am a little late on this blog. I’m just sharing my thoughts on the Netherlands-Russia quarterfinal.
First of all, the Russian team has experienced tremendous progress and achievment by reaching the last four at a major tournament.
The Russian attack was probably the best of the tournament so far. The midfield did very well to get the ball foraward with through Semshov and Bilyaletdinov. Arshavin was Russia’s talisman who marshalled the attack and goals. Pavlyuchenko did well in the center of the attack. I should also mention Semak provided a perfect pass to Pavlyuchenko for the first goal.
I also have to say that the defense did very well by contributing to the attack. Zhirkov and Anyukov did well in defence to stop the Dutch attack and quickly get the ball forward. Zhirkov and Anyukov also did well on their flanks and Denis Kolodin rifled quite a few shots to keep van der Saar busy. It seemed as though the entire Russian team were involved in the playmaking or goalscoring. But regardless they were able to stop Nistelrooy, Sneijder, and van der Vaart.
I do have to say that the dutch did not look too enthusiastic to play the game. They certianly did not have the speed from the games agianst Italy, France, and Romania. I think that they also suffered from a bit of complacency becuase the some pockets of the Dutch media starting talking about facing Italy or Spain in the semi-finals.
In the end Guus Hiddink did what he has done with Australia and South Korea. He made Russia one of the forces at Euro 2008.
This is all I have to say. Sorry for the lateness and I am looking to read your thoughts and comments.
Will Hiddink make any defensive changes for tomorrow’s match? Isn’t he worried about the Spanish attack?
Posted from United States
My heart with Russia , i know only they can beat Germany, Germany played badly only lucky ,Russia will win this cup!
Posted from Turkey
Nobody knows what to wait from Guus and that’s very good. Thanks for support from Turkey. You were amazing!
Posted from Russian Federation
Spanish attack is much based on individual abilities against holland’s team work, so Guus could issue 5 defenders, excluding Zhirkov… But may be the tactics will be to prevent service for attack line of Spain… in this case Guus will not change anything except V. Berezutskiy for disq.(2 yellows) Kolodin.
I think second scenario is close to life cause our team young and likes to play attacking
Posted from Russian Federation
Russia is great!
Especially Roman Palyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin.
In EURO match, I always support Russia
But why they lose in the match Spain vs Russia?
Spain said they afraid with Netherland.
I’m very sad heard Russia lose.T_T
Posted from Indonesia
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