Joachim Löw, Germany coach:

With this victory I think we’ve opened the door to the quarter-finals. It’s now in our hands to make everything clear on Sunday [against Denmark]. It was a very intense game today, a very tight game. The temperatures were extreme and it was difficult to keep a high tempo for the whole match. We did really well defensively as Holland’s game is to play on the attack – they have four or five top guys up there.

We took them out of the game and they didn’t have many ideas. When we were leading 2-0 I thought Holland were a bit drained and we could’ve scored that third goal. Then it got a bit more exciting but we deserved that victory. One thing we did know was that Holland are not so good in one on ones in defence and that’s how the two goals came about. There were little spaces next to [Joris] Mathijsen and [John] Heitinga and we knew if we could get in there it would be very dangerous for Holland.

What is clear in this so-called group of death is that we’ve already got six points. There is always room for analysis after a game, though. We could have attacked a little better and been more dangerous in front of goal but we were very compact and were very good.