Euro 2024: Netherlands Encounter Train Trouble En-route To England Semi-Final

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The Netherlands had their travel to Dortmund on Tuesday for the European Championship semifinal against England disrupted and were forced to abandon their plans to travel by train, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said.

Instead, they had to fly to Dortmund from their base in Wolfsburg, arriving at their hotel at 21h35, some four hours later than planned.

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“The train service was cancelled due to a blockage on the route,” the KNVB said.

They planned to travel at 1600 local time but then had to change plans and take a plane to Dortmund, where they are staying overnight before the game on Wednesday.

Coach Ronald Koeman’s pre-game press conference was canceled as a result, but the Dutchman accepted the setback and said that his team was rested and prepared to play England.

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“It was not a problem, we had a good rest this afternoon, we were on the plane for just 30 minutes, arrived at our hotel and we can have a good rest tonight,” Koeman said in an interview with UEFA.

Ronald Koeman

As for the clash against England, Koeman sounded a confident note.

“We know that there is really not much difference between the two teams, it’s really 50-50 in my opinion,” he said of the clash at the BVB Stadium. “But we will need the perfect game to win.

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“We know they have a lot of individual qualities, but both teams are really strong and it will be a good fight.”

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