What a pity:
What a pity:
the loss of the Dutch national team last night (Friday) to Argentina 4:3 in a penalty shootout brought to an end the last term of Louis van Gaal as the coach of the Orange, who ended his way without a loss in 120 minutes in the World Cup with eight wins, 4 draws And two losses to the Argentina national team from the white spot.
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"We trained on penalties for a year - and yet we screwed it up," said the veteran coach at the end.
"I asked the players to kick from the penalty spot in their teams, and that's indeed what happened, but when you miss your first two kicks, you can't win."
On the penalty that Argentina received in legal time, which Messi scored, he said: "To me, it was questionable. I would like to see it again on television, but we didn't lose because of the referee."
The Oranges returned to the game from a 2:0 deficit after a late pair by Vaught and Horst (83, 101), but missed two penalties in the decisive duel and missed an opportunity to qualify for the semi-finals.
"It's very difficult," admitted Natan Aka.
"We fought and gave everything. The substitutions changed the game, and in the end it's just luck, but it's a very painful way to lose. You have to hold your head up."
A dime to the pound, photo: Reuters
Virgil van Dijk, who missed from the penalty spot, added: "We practiced a lot on penalties, everything went in - until tonight. It's very frustrating and very painful. We showed great fighting spirit. We really believed we would win, there is a special group of players here. It hurts."
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