Netherlands' Bert van Marwijk admits his players were 'broken' in the second half against Brazil

The Dutch national team coach was pleased with the first half performance but cited both fatigue and the soaring temperatures as reasons for a poorer display after the restart
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk admitted that he was not too displeased with his side's 0-0 draw in the friendly international away to Brazil. After a promising opening 45 minutes, the visitors began to tire, which the former Feyenoord coach attributed to heat and fatigue at the end of a long season.

The two sides were renewing acquiantances having most recently come face to face during the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, when the Dutch came from a goal behind to shock the South Americans in a 2-1 win.

"When you read everywhere that Brazil were looking to exact revenge on us for the defeat in the last World Cup, you do well to get a draw. We played well in the first-half and had we scored, it would have been deserved," he told SBS6.

"The second half was completely the opposite. I am not looking for easy excuses but the players were broken in the second period. That was also the reason I began to make lots of changes.

"You could say we did not have any strength left, which makes everything a little bit worse. Usually our stamina is our strength. It was hot and we are at the end of the season."

Van Marwijk felt that his men could have made more of the opportunities presented to them although one player he did feel grasped his chance in the side was debutant goalkeeper Tim Krul.

"This (Brazil) team was expected to beat us at home, which meant they left a lot of space for our wingers, which unfortunately we could not profit from."

"Tim Krul was fantastic. He had an outstanding game."

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