Sarina Wiegman is looking with mixed feelings back on the world cup-kwalificatieduel of the Oranjevrouwen with Northern Ireland. The coach is happy with the victory (0-5) of her team, but unhappy about the game in the first half.
“With the outcome, I am satisfied. We have good goal difference worked,” said Wiegman Friday night after the match in Veronica. “5-0 is just fine.”
The Oranjevrouwen had in the first half quite a lot of effort to make a hole in the defence of Northern Ireland. Only eight minutes for peace opened Lineth Beerensteyn the score.
“It was a very bad first half and a much better second half. That was also expressed in goals”, analyzed Wiegman. “Normally we play pretty, mature and very energetic. I found that in the first half.”
Next Tuesday the Oranjevrouwen a ticket for the world cup next year in France, as well as certainly secure. As the reigning European champion in Heerenveen, the netherlands from Slovakia wins and Norway loses home to Ireland, the difference between the two teams seven points.
“I hope that we Tuesday win and they lose,” said the coach. “We look forward very much on that match in a packed Abe Lenstra stadium with 24,000 people.”