Written By Justin on Sunday, June 22, 2008 | 11:30:00 AM
You didn't expect the Dutch to actually win the thing, did you?
Once again, the Oranje are out of a major tournament after impressing in the group stages. They ran into a Russian side that was younger, hungrier, and strangely more confident. From a goalkeeping perspective, Edwin Van der Sar couldn't have had a much better tournament.
It would have been great to see him win something with the Netherlands, but in the last year he has added to his resume to the point where, once he retires, he'll have to be considered in company with Oliver Kahn as the best keepers of the post-Schmeichel era. Two years ago I wouldn't have said that, but Slim Ed's form, after some wobbles in 2006-07, has only become sharper. At the Euros he was a model of composure, clean handling, and veteran coolness. Shame his side just weren't up for the challenge from the East.