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The Inter playmaker says there is a sense among Bert van Marwijk's squad that they let die Mannschaft win on Wednesday, but vows to keep on fighting for qualification

Wesley Sneijder has issued an apology to Netherlands fans after his side slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Germany in their second Euro 2012 game.

Bert van Marwijk's men sit bottom of Group B, having also lost their opening game to Denmark, and the Inter playmaker felt that Oranje were the authors of their downfall against their arch-rivals on Wednesday evening.

"I do apologise to everyone for everything," he told De Telegraaf. "This is very hard. We didn't see this coming. There is a real sense that we let the Germans win."

However, Sneijder insisted that his team-mates were focused on securing progression to the next round, which a two-goal victory over Portugal would achieve, assuming Germany beat Denmark.

"It was hard," he continued. "We have now lost twice, but we still have a chance. We need to keep believing in it.

"I actually thought we were out. I hadn't thought much about the scenario as it stands. I realise that if we beat Portugal, we still have a chance. We need to go for it."

Netherlands and Portugal kick off at 20:45 on June 17 at Kharkiv's Metalist Stadium.

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