Wesley Sneijder: 'World Cup exit hurts'

Gala's Wesley Sneijder arrives at Real Madrid's stadium on April 2, 2013
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Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder says that he is partly responsible for his country's exit from the World Cup.

Netherlands captain Wesley Sneijder has said that his country did not deserve to be knocked out of the World Cup by Argentina.

The Dutch were beaten 4-2 in a penalty shootout against the South Americans, after their semi-final had finished goalless.

Sneijder was one of two Dutch players to miss from the spot and the Galatasaray midfielder has expressed his dislike for the way that the match was decided.

"This is hard on us. We deserved something more. Maybe we should've decided the game earlier," he told NOS. "I think there was only one team that wanted penalties and that was Argentina.

"It really does hurt. But that's football. I have to take part of the responsibility. It can sometimes go wrong. I hate shoot-outs so much."

The Netherlands will face Brazil in the third-place playoff at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia on Saturday.

Netherlands' defender Bruno Martins Indi watches as Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi controls the ball past Netherlands' defender Daley Blind during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena
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