And there I was in my ‘second living’ room in the nicest cafe in Kafr Abdu with the best sheesha in town, planted in front of the telly hoping for some top entertainment and another victory for the Boys of Orange. I got rather disappointed. Yes we won, and Sneijder’s goal was pretty awesome, but I am not sure if we were the best team. In the first half Holland had far more ball possession but Japan made far better use of the ball possession it had. It had a very strong defence and displayed some pretty dangerous attacking spirit as well. Holland didn’t seem to know what it wanted by playing the ball around on own half and not able to find holes in the Japanese defence, never putting the Japanese goalie in any real danger. Frustrating, probably for both teams and for me and probably anyone else who was watching. I guess both teams got a proper beating during the break as the start of the second half looked a lot more exciting and we got what we came for: 1-0 for us lot. This excitement was not maintained and Holland failed to score a second goal despite several chances. Luckily Japan didn’t score either. If I’m allowed to fall back on the Dutch habit of whining I would like to say, we won, elhamdulilah. Well done boys. But if they’re really to come home with that cup and send the whole nation into ecstasy, the Boys REALLY need to step up their game. Two down, five matches to go, insha allah.