Dutch depart with a whimper

June 23, 2008
By Ernst Bouwes
(Archive)
One scene in the quarter-final last Saturday night is enough to illustrate the difference between the start and the end of the tournament for the Dutch. In the 72nd minute Kolodin gives away a free-kick just outside his own box. Several cameras depict the concentration on the face of Wesley Sneijder as he waits for the referee to negotiate the Russian wall to the required distance. The eyes of the world are on him, while commentators reminisce in their commentary box how the Real Madrid-ace has ...

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