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World Cup: 'It's over' mourns the Dutch media

July 10, 2014 12:53 IST

World Cup: 'It's over' mourns the Dutch media

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Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

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The Dutch media mourned their defeat by saying- "It's over: The Oranje won't go to the World Cup final after penalty drama with Argentina," popular tabloid Algemeen Dagblad said on its website.

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Image: Dutch fans watch Netherlands' 2014 World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina
Photographs: Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

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'Oranje defeated'

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‘Oranje defeated’ popular daily broadsheet De Telegraaf said, with a photo showing Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero's save against Ron Vlaar, who took the first penalty.

Most of the media houses called the match a ‘chess game’, saying the ‘tempo was too low, with few chances to score.’

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Image: A dejected the Netherlands fan looks on after being defeated by Argentina in a penalty shootout
Photographs: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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'Proud of the Orange 11'

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Ajax Amsterdam's club coach and former Dutch international Frank de Boer questioned the decision to let defender Ron Vlaar take the first penalty rather than a more experienced player.

"Vlaar should not have taken it," he told the NOS public broadcaster.

"But that's my only criticism, we can be very proud of the Orange 11," said De Boer, the Netherlands' most-capped outfield player.

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Image: Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Garay and Lucas Biglia of Argentina celebrate after defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout as Dirk Kuyt, Stefan de Vrij, Wesley Sneijder, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands look on
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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'It's better that we don't meet the Germans in the final'

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The Netherlands will face Brazil in Saturday's third-fourth place play-off but it is not a match the Dutch want to play, with coach Louis van Gaal saying it was a pointless exercise that "has nothing to do with sports."

"I think this match should never be played and I've been saying this for 10 years," Van Gaal said.

Some commentators said the loss may prove a blessing in disguise.

"Perhaps it's better that we don't meet the Germans in the final," one commentator told NOS.

Germany pumped five goals within 18 first half minutes to thrash shell-shocked hosts Brazil 7-1 in a truly astonishing one-sided World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte.


Image: Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands reacts
Photographs: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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