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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May, 30, 2008

Van Basten laments missed chances v Denmark

EINDHOVEN, May 30 (Euro 2008) - Holland coach Marco van Basten has admitted his team cannot afford to squander as many chances as they did against Denmark on Thursday if they are to succeed at Euro 2008.

The Dutch failed to build on Ruud van Nisterlrooy's goal as the were held a 1-1 draw in their friendly with Denmark.

Van Basten said: 'The bad thing is we didn't cash in on the numerous chances we got.

'That is often our problem. We should have finished that match in the first half, but we didn't do that unfortunately.'

The Dutch coach did though praise the way Van Nistelrooy took his goal.

He added: 'That looked very good. We have the quality to do that too. We had another four or five of the same kind of chances. When you score one or two more goals out of those, you are ready.'

Van Basten also refused to critise the performace of defender Joris Mathijsen, whose mistake led to the Danish equaliser.

Mathijsen is competing with Wilfred Bouma for a place in the side.

Van Basten said: 'He (Mathijsen) is a reliable player, he knows what he must do. He had a good and strong opponent in this match.

'That is why this was a good practice for him. Who will play on Sunday (against Wales), is something we will see later.'

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