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Van Marwijk refuses to discuss future

18 June 2012 03:10

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has refused to speculate on his future after the nation's embarrassing exit from Euro 2012.

A pre-tournament favourite, the Netherlands lost their final group game to Portugal 2-1, ending the tournament winless and suffering a third straight competitive defeat for the first time since 1905.

Group B winners Germany and Portugal progressed while Denmark's lone win came over the Dutch with the disappointing run prompting conjecture about van Marwijk's future.

"It wasn't a good game at all today. I'm responsible for that and I'm disappointed," van Marwijk said after the Portugal defeat.

"You can ask me all types of questions, but not about my future."

The Netherlands needed to defeat Portugal to stand any chance of reaching the last eight and van Marwijk responded by naming an attacking line-up with Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar playing alongside Robin van Persie.

Van der Vaart's early curling strike gave the Dutch a glimmer of hope before Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliant double shattered any hopes they had.

"We knew we had to win by a two-goal margin so we had to take that risk and go forward," said Van Marwijk.

"Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I think we started quite well today and we scored after about 10 minutes.

"But you saw that when we concede a goal, the uncertainty remains. If we'd scored a second, we might have been more sure of ourselves, but we didn't take our chances.

Tottenham's Van der Vaart admitted the tournament had been a complete failure for the Dutch.

"We lost three times. We were bad and we don't deserve to go through.

"We started quite well but we were playing against one of the better teams today."

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