Van Marwijk defends Netherlands

12 July 2010 01:02

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has defended his team's tactics in the World Cup final defeat to Spain and insisted he did not send not his side out to try and 'win ugly'.

The match was an ill-tempered affair which saw referee Howard Webb hand out 14 yellow cards with the Dutch particularly coming in for criticism for perceived bullying tactics.

But van Marwijk insists the occasion was not exactly conducive to flowing football, and said: "It was still our intention to play beautiful football, but we were facing a very good opponent. We did a good job tactically on them. We got into good positions at times. Both sides committed fouls."

He added: "That may be regrettable for a final. It's not our style, but you play a match to win.

"It's a World Cup final, and there's a lot of emotion out there. You saw that with both teams. I'd loved to have won that match, even with not so beautiful football."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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