Netherlands vs Argentina: Dutch Media Mourns Defeat in World Cup 'Chess Game'

Ajax Amsterdam's club coach and former Dutch international Frank de Boer questioned the decision to let Ron Vlaar take the first penalty rather than a more experienced player. Netherlands lost 4-2 to Argentina in a penalty shootout in the semifinal.

updated: July 10, 2014 09:27 IST
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Netherlands' defender Ron Vlaar (R) and Netherlands' defender Stefan de Vrij react during a penalty shoot-out after extra time of the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.


The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch media on Thursday mourned the Netherlands' 4-2 penalty shootout defeat by Argentina, but for some there was relief at not having to face a rampant Germany in the World Cup final.

"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. (Highlights)

It called the match a "chess game", saying the "tempo was too low, with few chances to score." (Also read: Lionel Messi on target to match Maradona)

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