Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Netherlands vs. England - Football Match Report

Netherlands vs. England - Football Match Report

England produced what they thought might be the victor in the second half but the referee chalked it off after Jesse Lingard was shown by VAR to be centimetres ahead of the last man.

'We made some silly mistakes and at this level you get punished for them'.

England's Ross Barkley reacts after Netherlands' third goal during the Uefa Nations League semi-final match with The Netherlands at the Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimaraes June 6, 2019.

"I think we've learned a lot from playing against a top team who posed us a lot of problems which we haven't faced in the past". "We didn't lose because of how we wanted to play; we lost because of poor execution and fatigue".

"We thought it was going to be a victor but things didn't go our way", said Harry Kane, one of the squad's seven Champions League finalists who started the match on the bench.

Kyle Walker's own goal after Stones - one Premier League start since the first week in April - was caught in possession by Memphis Depay, then Barkley's poorly placed back-pass, ensured England ended up conceding three goals in a competitive match for the first time since losing 4-1 to Germany in Bloemfontein at the 2010 World Cup.

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The result saw Australia join New Zealand at the top of the 2019 tournament's 10-team standings. Both Australia and West Indies are full of match-winners, which makes the contest interesting.

Initially the rotation seemed to have little effect on the side as Marcus Rashford led the line well and netted the opener from the penalty spot after drawing a clever foul against Manchester United target De Ligt. It was only Dec's (Declan Rice) second game. "But then we sat back a bit and the set-piece is a tough one to take because we work on that day in day out". We have to take it on the chin'. I can't overreact. I have to support them in what is a hard moment for everybody.

"I think it's a really important game for us to reflect on", said Southgate. "This is when the tournaments are going to be, you've got to pick yourself up at this stage of the season".

"Southgate accepted the decision to disallow Lingard's late goal as "fine margins" but it deflated England at a moment when their energy was running low".

"We made too many mistakes in our third of the pitch, partly because of that pressure and partly because of errors by us", England manager Gareth Southgate said.

Southgate's men were attempting to build on the success of reaching a first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, but their display showed much work is still to be done if they are to end their trophy drought on next summer at Euro 2020 with the semi-finals and final to be played on home soil at Wembley.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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