01 Nov 2023 at 08:04
There is great disappointment among national coach Sarina Wiegman’s England after the surprising 3-2 defeat against Belgium in the Nations League. A crucial match against the Netherlands awaits ‘The Lionesses’ in a month.
Due to the loss in Belgium, England is three points behind leader Oranje with two games to go. Only the number one in the group will advance to the final round of the Nations League and have a chance of an Olympic ticket.
“We now have to beat the Netherlands with a difference of more than one goal. We know what we have to do. We have put ourselves in a difficult position,” Wiegman said after the surprising defeat in Heverlee.
England already lost to the Netherlands at the end of September. The last five international matches resulted in three defeats; unusual figures for the team of 54-year-old Wiegman.
The success coach saw that England was not itself (again) in Belgium. “We lost the ball far too often. We just weren’t good enough today. It’s a hard lesson for us.”
Standings group A
Netherlands 4-9 (+5) Belgium 4-7 (+1) England 4-6 (0) Scotland 4-1 (-6)
‘It’s not impossible’
Defender Lucy Bronze held her nerve. “We still have a good chance. Our next match is against the Netherlands at Wembley, a stadium where we want to face a team we have played against recently,” she said.
“We have to analyze this carefully and then look ahead to the matches against the Netherlands and Scotland. They will be two tough matches and we are not in as good a position as we would like, but it is not impossible.”
England-Netherlands will be played on Friday, December 1. Four days after the match at Wembley, the English close the Nations League group stage against Scotland. The Dutch team then plays against Belgium.
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