September 19, 2021

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De Ligt accepts blame for Netherlands defeat

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Holland defender Matthijs de Ligt accepted the blame after his side suffered a shock loss to the Czech Republic in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

The Dutch capitulated after De Ligt was sent off in Budapest and were beaten 2-0 after second-half goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick on Sunday.

De Ligt was dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity by handling the ball as he lost his footing chasing back to prevent a Czech attack.

The Juventus centre-back said on NOS TV: “Of course, it feels bad. We basically lost the match because of what I did. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have let the ball bounce.

“I thought that we had the game under control. We had a few chances, particularly in the first half.

“I didn’t have the feeling that they created lots of chances either but the red card obviously made the difference.”

De Ligt’s red card came after 55 minutes, seconds after Donyell Malen spurned a good chance, and the Czechs took full advantage.

They upped the tempo and persistent pressure paid off as Holes powered home a header following a corner on 68 minutes. The same player then helped wrap up victory 10 minutes from time by teeing up Schick’s fourth goal of the tournament.

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