Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt has put the Netherlands exit at the Euro 2020 on himself after he was sent off in their round of 16 clash with the Czech Republic.
The Ajax graduate was initially given a yellow card for stopping a counterattack before VAR was consulted to upgrade that to a red, either for a deliberate handball or the denying of a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Speaking on NOS TV after the final whistle via Football. Italia, the defender said: “Obviously, it hurts. Fundamentally, we lost the game because of what I did. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have let the ball bounce. I felt like we had the game under control and had a few chances, especially in the first half.
“I didn’t even have the sensation that the Czechs were creating many scoring opportunities, but obviously the red card made the difference.”
The Oranje were in top form before the red card and dominated much of the possession, although they were struggling to break the deadlock.