Dutch winger Arjen Robben was a broken a man after his side’s World Cup shoot-out defeat by Argentina in the semi-finals.
The Netherlands created few chances in a lacklustre semi-final as they bowed out in Brazil, losing 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw over 120 minutes in Sao Paulo.
Robben, who calmly slotted in his spot-kick, told Dutch TV: “It hurts but we gave it our all this evening and it’s grim going out in this way.”
Team-mate Ron Vlaar, who produced a defending masterclass in the middle to shut out the Argentine attack, was downbeat after missing the opening penalty in the shoot-out.
The Aston Villa star said: “I would never walk away from my responsibility. I wasn’t nervous, I was focused. But it had to go in and it didn’t.
“Unbelievable. It’s tough, but that’s what sport is about.”