- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

VIENNA (AP) - Austria slumped to a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in its final warmup before the European Championship on Saturday.

Poor defending by the hosts allowed striker Vincent Janssen to open the scoring in the ninth minute, and Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead in the 66th after being set up by Luuk de Jong, who replaced Janssen a minute earlier.

Since comfortably qualifying for Euro 2016 with 28 from a possible 30 points, Austria has struggled to maintain its rhythm. The team lost friendlies against Switzerland and Turkey, and defeated Malta only 2-1 four days ago.

“We should not become down from this defeat,” Austria coach Marcel Koller said. “We started well but it was an unlucky goal and they benefited from it. We didn’t give away much in the first half. It was a very good test against a very good team.”

Austria opens the European Championship against Hungary on June 14 before taking on Portugal and Iceland in Group F.

Koller started with almost the same team that impressed during qualifying, except for Marcel Sabitzer instead of Martin Harnik on the right wing.

Austria dominated the opening half hour in front of 48,000 spectators, looking versatile in attack with lots of movement and quick passing.

However, Austria’s defensive weaknesses were exposed by Dutch counterattacks.

“If you win matches like those, you start thinking that we could have done well at the European Championship,” Netherlands coach Danny Blind said. “It’s been great team work. We had our difficulties in the opening phase but we had everything under control afterward.”

It was the third win for the Netherlands from their last four friendlies against Euro 2016 contenders, after beating England and Poland 2-1, and drawing with Ireland 1-1.


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