Encounter videoLynette Behrenstein thumbs her nose at America’s soldiers. “What did I think when I saw them come out? Yes! Boy America!”, he said at a press conference ahead of Friday’s quarter-final against Spain (3am Dutch time).
Spanish journalists laughed en masse in the Sky Stadium press room in Wellington as they listened to a translation of Berenstein’s response. Yes, they were right. Behrenstein also made it clear that from now on American players will have to speak better on the field. ,,They had such big mouths, they were already talking about the final. But before talking, it should be shown in the game,” he said.
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The USA was eliminated by Sweden in the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after penalties. A big downer for the reigning world champion and world number one. “I’m relieved they’re out, they’ll learn their lesson,” said Behrenstein. “But I don’t want to offend because I still have a lot of respect for them,” he added.
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Merel van Dongen is still absent from the Orange Lions’ final training session ahead of their quarter-final against Spain. The defender suffered the injury during a run-out training session on Monday, but remains in the squad as there are still good hopes he can be in action at this World Cup if the Netherlands progress in the tournament. Esmee Brugts started training a little later. The reason for this is unknown, but a spokesperson for the KNVB said it was not a physical complaint.
Beerenstein is looking forward to the match against Spain and reconfirmed that he is fully fit after his return against South Africa after picking up an ankle injury in the first group match against Portugal. She skipped the run-out training this week, but it was to give her ankle some rest and cycle out.
Spain was beaten 4-0 by Japan in this World Cup, but Behrenstein does not think that the Netherlands defense should copy the Japanese: ,, No, we play our own game. We are the Netherlands, not Japan. We don’t have the qualities of Japan, and Japan doesn’t have the qualities we have. We can also make Spain difficult with our own qualities. It will be very difficult, because Spain has special qualities, but it will be very interesting.
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