World Cup 2010: Netherlands fought hard and deserved to beat Brazil - midfielder Mark Van Bommel

The influential midfielder was very pleased with Oranje's fighting spirit...
Brazil dominated play in the first half of their quarter final against Netherlands, but the Selecao gave away a 1-0 lead in the second half and Oranje eventually progressed to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Midfielder Mark van Bommel admitted that the Dutch struggled early on, but praised the comeback and stated his belief that it proved they deserved to emerge victorious.

"We were really struggling before the break and were always too late, thus allowing them to play their own game. However, we always knew that we could turn things around in the second half if we trailed by only one goal at half-time," Van Bommel told NOS.

"It happens a lot that a team can't dominate the game for the full 90 minutes and that's exactly what happened. We never stopped fighting and were rewarded for our fighting spirit in the second half of the match.

"We were the better team after the equalizer and we fully deserved the victory. Today's performance was exemplary for this team.

"It doesn't matter what team we will face in the semi-finals. We're highly motivated, no matter what team our opponent will be."

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