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Dutch boss Hiddink 'livid' after calamitous defensive error gifts Czechs three points

An injury-time mistake from Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat allowed Vaclav Pilar to score into an empty net last night.

Hiddink found the defeat hard to take.
Hiddink found the defeat hard to take.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

NETHERLANDS COACH GUUS Hiddink said it took him a while to accept their 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic in Tuesday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

Hiddink’s men conceded in second-half injury time in calamitous fashion in Prague, Vaclav Pilar tapping in to an empty net after Daryl Janmaat’s attempt to find goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was wayward.

The World Cup semi-finalists had equalised earlier in the second half via Stefan de Vrij, cancelling out Borek Dockal’s 21st-minute opener. Hiddink was furious his side failed to take anything away from the fixture.

“I was livid,” Hiddink said. “I had to introduce myself to shelter. That’s why I stayed away for half an hour.

“If you cannot win, you must be sure that you will not lose in any case. Then you should not be so stupid to give away [a goal].”

Czech Republic Netherlands Euro Soccer Czech Republic's Vaclav Pilar celebrates his goal. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Hiddink lambasted Janmaat for his defensive error, and said Dutch errors led to the Czechs’ opening goal also. “When you make mistakes like that, then it is a very difficult story,” he said.

“Whether you play football with four or five defenders, it does not matter if you’re so naive defending. The first goal they shoot great inside, but for that we had to suffer two clumsy turnovers. That second goal we completely gave away.”

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