Michniewicz after the match with the Netherlands: We’re going to Wales with a knife on our throat

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“We dominated the whole match” – said the coach of the Netherlands national team, Louis van Gaal. On Thursday in Warsaw, his players won with Poland 2-0 in the League of Nations football match. “I have many reservations about how this match turned out and how it turned out, but you have to remember that the rivals are one of the best teams in Europe” – said the coach of Polish footballers Czesław Michniewicz. The team “Oranje” leads the table. The matter of staying in the group will be settled on Sunday. The Polish team will play against Wales in Cardiff.

League of Nations: Poland lost 0: 2 to the Netherlands

The Dutch really had an advantage from the very beginning of the match. Already in the 12th minute Daley Blind found himself in a good position. The 32-year-old defender ran into the penalty area from the left, but being a few meters in front of Wojciech Szczęsny’s goal, he did not reach the ball he played.

“The blind should have taken advantage of this, but overall I am pleased with the performance of my pendulum,” said van Gaal.

Two minutes later, the Poles were not so lucky. After the lacy action, Cody Gakpo hit the net close-up.

In the second half, the players of coach Czesław Michniewicz tried to play more aggressively and put pressure on the opponent, but in the 60th minute they lost the second goal. The Dutch again created a good opportunity with a few quick passes, and Steven Bergwijn took advantage of it.

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“We dominated the whole game. We played great in defense, the security function was excellent. If you don’t concede a goal against a player like Lewandowski, it means that we played well“- Van Gaal assessed.

The white-and-red team actually came close to the goal only once. In the 50th minute, Przemysław Frankowski crossed, but Arkadiusz Milik sent the ball over the crossbar from five meters.

Thanks to this victory, the Netherlands is close to reaching the final tournament. He will take up Belgium on Sunday and can afford even a small defeat.

On the same day in Cardiff, at the end of the main part of the current edition of the League of Nations, Poland will play away with Wales. This meeting will decide who will fall to the lower division. A draw is enough to keep the red and white.

We’re going to Wales with a knife on our throat, but we counted on the fact that it might be so, because we did not win 43 years with the Netherlands and this problem did not arise today. Still, it all depends on us, we don’t have to rely on anyone else. The situation is not easy, but we have to deal with it “- summed up Michniewicz.

The article is in Polish

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