Netherlands head coach says victory over Vietnam perfect

By Hieu Luong   August 1, 2023 | 07:40 am PT
Netherlands head coach says victory over Vietnam perfect
Netherlands coach Andries Jonker smiles after his team won Vietnam 7-0 to enter the Women's World Cup knockout round with group E's top spot, on August 1, 2023. Photo by Reuters/Molly Darlington
Coach Andries Jonker said the Netherlands' 7-0 victory over Vietnam in the last group stage game on Tuesday was "perfect" and exceeded even his highest expectations.

The game went exactly as planned, said Jonker, except for the first two minutes, when Vietnam pushed forward and executed a few plays that threatened the Netherlands' goal.

However, Lieke Martens opening goal in the eighth minute put things back on track, according to the European coach. From then on, the Netherlands dominated the game with 73% possession, 42 shots with 17 on target, while Vietnam only had five shots and one on target.

"We scored great goals and not even a bit of luck was involved," Jonker said in the press conference after the match. "We didn't make the same errors as the previous two games. This victory is a dream scenario."

This result helped Netherlands take the top of group E with seven points, above the U.S. They also now have the biggest win so far at the 2023 World Cup, which previously belonged to Germany and Norway (both won 6-0).

Coach Jonker said the Netherlands entered the game with three targets: 1) winning, 2) playing beautiful football for the fans and 3) inspiring young players to keep pursuing football.

He went on to then praise his opponent’s worthy performance in the game: "Even though they lost, they played with great determination. Their goalkeeper (Tran Thi Kim Thanh) also stopped many of our scoring opportunities. That's what I appreciate about Vietnam."

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