De Ligt Blames Himself After Holland Exit From Euro 2020

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De Ligt Blames Himself After Holland Exit From Euro 2020

The Netherlands suffered a shock last-16 exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of the Czech Republic – but one Dutch man felt the sense of responsibility of an early exit more than others.
With the teams level at 0-0, Matthijs de Ligt was sent off in the second half for handball when he denied Patrik Schick a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Thirteen minutes after their talismanic young defender trudged off the pitch, the Netherlands were behind and they failed to respond.

Goals from Tomas Holes and Schick eventually did the damage but De Ligt faced up to the media afterwards, saying

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“we basically lost the match because of what I did”.

“Of course, it feels bad. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have let the ball bounce,” he told Dutch public broadcaster NOS.

“I had it under control. The ball came and I let it bounce. I fell to the ground and got pushed, which made me use my hands.

“The moment changed the game and I feel responsible. I saw how the guys fought after and I’m proud of it. But I feel bad about the incident.”

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