Sep 9, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
Czech Republic
2-1
Netherlands
Dockal (21'), Pilar (91')
Prochazka (8'), Limbersky (93')
FT(HT: 1-0)
de Vrij (55')
Martins Indi (71')

Daryl Janmaat takes blame for loss to Czech Republic

Daryl Janmaat of Netherlands controls the ball during the International Friendly match between the Netherlands and Japan on November 16, 2013
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Netherlands defender Daryl Janmaat takes responsibility for the loss to the Czech Republic in Group A on Tuesday night.

Netherlands defender Daryl Janmaat has taken the blame for the 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, after making the mistake which led to the home side's winner in their Euro 2016 qualifying clash.

Just as it looked like both sides would be settling for a point in the Group A opener, an attempted header from Janmaat to Jasper Cillessen saw the ball strike the post, and allowed Vaclav Pilar to tap home from close range in stoppage time.

"Yes, that's right. This is my fault and it is inexcusable," the Newcastle United full-back told NOS when asked whether he felt that he was to blame for the defeat.

"It was a big mistake, I wanted to head the ball back to Jasper, but I didn't hit it well. Now I've scored a sort of own goal and feel very bad about it. It felt like the ground had been swept away underneath me. Czech Republic away isn't easy, but we had to win this one."

Guus Hiddink has also revealed his anger with his side's inability to take something from the game.

Czech Republic's Lukas Vacha (L) and Vladimir Darida (R) and Netherland's midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum vie for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match on September 9, 2014
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