Sneijder: Dutch had real team spirit

Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder believes that team work was the key to Holland's 4-1 victory over Hungary in their World Cup qualifier match.

Football News: Wesley Sneijder

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Sending out a distinctly different Dutch line-up from the one that crashed out of Euro 2012, new manager Louis van Gaal ensured his side picked up six points out of six by adding a win over Hungary to their previous victory over Tukey.

A lack of international experience did not stop PSV Eindhoven's rising star Jeremain Lens from striking twice, while young defender Bruno Martins Indi also opened his scoring account for his country. Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar then popped up from the bench to complete the rout for the Netherlands. 

Reflecting on each half, Sneijder was pleased that the squad managed to rectify their mistakes from the first 45 minutes to ensure a superb showing in the second period.

"In the first half we played too slow. We should have used our wings a lot more, that was where the danger came from," he shared with SBS 6.

"The second half was great. We were positioned very well and every lost ball was ours. And on the wings we were very dangerous with the likes of Lens and [Luciano] Narsingh."

The playmaker also praised his team-mates for staying focused and working together throughout the match.

"We had a real team spirit, ran those extra yards for each other and played very compact," Sneijder said.

Agreeing with his squad-mate, Lens cited Huntelaar's goal as an example of how the players had put the team's goals before their own.

"For the fourth goal I passed the ball to [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar. It was the easiest option," he stated.

"You must give each other something, which I did."



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