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En toen ging het licht uit: Nederland moet met tien man verder tegen Tsjechië na oerdomme rode kaart Matthijs de Ligt

Then the lights went out: Holland must fight with ten men.

Matthijs de Ligt will remember his eighth final match against the Czech Republic in this European Championship for a long time, but for the wrong reasons. The Dutch star player was shown a red card in a duel with Patrick Schick after deliberately playing his hand to stop an attack. At first, De Ligt seemed to get away with yellow, but after the intervention of VAR, Karasev decided otherwise.

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De Ligt misjudged the high ball and then slipped. Patrick Schech seemed to be able to get the ball, but de Ligt helped her. After the referee intervened, the Juventus defender was allowed to take a shower.

“I feel bad, of course. You lose the match because of my work. De Ligt said in front of the TV cameras we. “The match was reasonably under control and then things got worse with such a long ball. I let it bounce and that’s not good afterwards. I fall down and get a light push, which makes me make my hand.”

De Ligt described this as the turning point in the game. “At the end of the day this changes the game, and that shouldn’t happen to me. Then I saw the boys squabbling in the last minutes. That’s when I can’t help but be proud of them. But I feel responsible. Playing in a tournament like this is always a good opportunity. So when you fly that way It’s always painful.”

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