Van Dijk: Dutch Defender Explains Why He Won’t Watch World Cup Again

Van Dijk: Dutch Defender Explains Why He Won’t Watch World Cup Again

  • Holland defender Virgil Van Dijk says he has lost interest in the ongoing World Cup
  • Van Dijk's Netherlands suffered a painful quarterfinal elimination despite fighting back from 2-0 down
  • During penalty shootouts, the 30-year-old centre-back saw his spot kick saved by an outstretched Emiliano Martinez

Dutch captain Virgil Van Dijk has taken a brutal stance following their heartbreaking exit from the 2022 World Cup, losing 4-3 on penalty shootouts.

Van Dijk's Holland clawed from two goals down to salvage a draw, thanks to super-sub Wout Weghorst, sending the game to extra time.

However, Weghorst's heroics proved momentary as Argentina progressed to the semifinals via the dreaded penalty shootouts much to the dismay of the Dutch, the Guardian reports.

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Van Dijk's Netherlands bowed out of the ongoing World Cup at the quarterfinal stage via penalty shootouts. Photo credit: @OnsOranje Matthias Hangst
Source: Twitter

The rollercoaster nature of the quarterfinal tie which produced a whopping 15 yellow cards riled both players, which saw players of Argentina savagely trolling their Dutch counterparts.

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When quizzed about Argentina's chances of winning the World Cup, a visibly devastated Van Dijk delivered a brutal response.

“Will Argentina win the World Cup? I don’t care. I won’t watch anymore,” the Liverpool defender said as quoted by Joy Sports.

Argentina poke fun at Holland

Argentina players savagely mocked their Netherlands counterparts after winning a tempestuous World Cup tie at the Lusail Stadium.

The match-up was far from a flowing game with tackles, yellow cards and constant breaks in play punctuating the game.

Argentina had raced to a 2-0 lead only for Wout Weghorst to come off the bench and score a quickfire brace and force the game into post-match penalties.

Holland suffer World Cup heartbreak

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Argentina will face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals after beating the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties following a thrilling 2-2 extra-time draw on a night of high World Cup drama.

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Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero in the shootout after the South Americans let a two-goal lead slip in the final minutes of normal time after Lionel Messi had put them on the brink of the last four.

Wout Weghorst scored two dramatic late goals, the second from a remarkably inventive free-kick in the 11th minute of stoppage time, as the Netherlands fought back with seven minutes of normal time remaining to force extra time.