Make no mistake this was a vital game. For whatever reason in contrast to the Ghana game Ireland were very slow to establish a foothold in this game and within minutes were 4-0 down. However it says something about the spirit of this team that they hauled themselves back to 4-3 at half time. The next score was crucial and the Dutch got it. In the heat of the afternoon sun Ireland were visibly wilting and two players had to be substituted because their feet were blistering in the heat . It was no surprise that this excellent Dutch side ran out easy winners in the end.
Ireland must now pick themselves up for tomorrows games against Poland and Costa Rica. With Ireland on 5 points, the Dutch 6 points and Poland 9 points Ireland must win their remaining games and hope the others drop points.