"We played well in the first half and did everything that we needed to do. We defended excellently and we created some half-chances. It was all going well and we had given ourselves a great foundation," said Laursen to Goal.com.
"Unfortunately and irritatingly we conceded right at the start of the second half. That really took the wind from our sails. We still could have played better and offensively we didn’t really create anything in the second half.
"It is never a good feeling to score an own goal. It was unlucky and the timing was bad coming just after half-time," he said of Simon Poulsen's 46th minute header into his own net.
"Now we probably have to win both games against Cameroon and Japan. That is what we thought would happen anyway. We didn’t expect anything from the Netherlands. They are a good team. Now we have to focus on the next match."Become a fan of Goal.com International on Facebook! Just click onto Facebook.com/Goal to join the beautiful game's leading fan community...