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Australia-Netherlands: Quotes

 Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands reacts
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Ange Postecoglou, Australia coach
“We were playing against three of the best nations in the world. People said we weren’t going to even score a goal. The goal was to [perform so that] when we come back in four years’ time, they fear us before the game and not just when they see us on the pitch. I put pressure on the players and the staff to go and get at the big teams. Saying it and doing it two different things. But today they did that and they didn’t get a reward. It’s heartbreaking. The players deserved a reward today. Everyone was outstanding. For the majority of the game, we looked more likely to win than game than not.”

Louis van Gaal, Netherlands coach
“I’m not relieved, because I believe in the second half we played better than Australia. In the first half they played better, but in the second half we had five, six, seven chances. I expected us to win. When [Matthew Leckie] missed that chance, I said to Patrick Kluivert, ‘We’re going to win this match.’ The way my players scored their goals was excellent, and it was very important for the spectators. And I don't like singling out players, but Nigel de Jong was inspirational."

Arjen Robben, Budweiser Man of the Match
“They played really aggressively. They played like it was their last chance. We were a little bit under pressure, but we gave the ball away too easily. But we made big step today. We have maximum points. Goal difference can make a difference, so the first game was like an extra point for us. We’ve seen so many great goals at this World Cup. It’s great for everybody, great for the fans, and we saw [some more] today.”

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