Football

It was my fault – de Ligt

The Dutch suffered a last-16 exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of the Czech Republic.

With the teams level at 0-0, Matthijs de Ligt was sent off in the second half for denying Patrik Schick a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Thirteen minutes after the young defender left the pitch, the Netherlands conceded and failed to respond.

“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.

However, de Ligt was given support by his manager Frank de Boer, who said “you can always blame it on me”.

“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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