Van Rhijn: Netherlands not good enough against Germany

The Ajax defender feels the 2010 World Cup finalist was outplayed by its arch-rival in Wednesday night's 0-0 stalemate, but admits a draw was a fair result in the end.
Ricardo van Rhijn has admitted that Netherlands did not do enough to beat Germany in Wednesday's international friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Oranje were second best for large parts of the game and only really managed to threaten in the final 30 minutes, and Van Rhijn acknowledged that Holland did not have an easy time of it.

"We saw that Germany are a team of the highest level and that we are unable to control an entire game at this point," Van Rhijn told "They were the better team in the opening 45 minutes. We bounced back after the break and were a bit more in charge then.

"Germany dominated possession and we had to chase down the ball rather than dictate play. That wasn't easy. We all know that Germany are a great team and can play some good soccer.

"It was up to us to make sure we were well organized and had an answer to their attacks. We threatened a few times, but all in all we were not good enough.

"They missed a few players and so did we. They were stronger individually, and we had to make up for that as a team. We were unable to do just that, though.

"A draw was the right result in the end, but we shouldn't read too much into it."

Netherlands resumes friendly action at home against Italy on Feb. 6, 2013.

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