When the Netherlands and Belgium had not come to a winner in regular time, shoot-outs had to appoint a finalist in the Wagener Stadium filled with 2700 fans. Goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak managed to keep three Belgians from scoring, allowing Jorrit Croon to make the decision. He slammed his backhand high into the goal, slumped to his knees and held up his hands. Afterwards, he stated at the NOS why he did this. “My grandfather passed away this week. This one was for him and grandma. Hence the emotion.”
,,In addition, I am very happy with the win and the final”, a proud Croon continues. ,,Look around you, the whole stadium went crazy. Maybe a bit against the rules, but it got us through and I’m so happy with this team. How we played… It won’t get any better than this for a while.”
Due to the victory over European and world champion Belgium, the Orange squad can compete for its first prize in four years tomorrow evening. The national coach’s team will then meet Germany in the final.
Emotional Croon dedicates winning goal to deceased grandfather: ‘This one was for him’ Other sports
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