With the game level at 0-0, De Ligt misread a long ball and handled it away as he tried to defend Patrik Schick’s attack.
He was initially given a yellow card but after Czech protests and a VAR review, De Ligt was given a red card and the Netherlands went on to concede twice from Thomas Holes and Schick, crashing out of the tournament.
Speaking after the game, De Ligt admitted his error.
“Obviously, it hurts,” De Ligt told NOS TV.
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“Fundamentally, we lost the game because of what I did.
“With hindsight, I shouldn’t have let the ball bounce. I felt like we had the game under control and had a few chances, especially in the first
“I didn’t even have the sensation that the Czechs were creating many scoring opportunities, but obviously the red card made the difference.”
The Netherlands have now received four red cards in European Championship games – two of them against Czechoslovakia in 1976 and two against the Czech Republic in 2004 and 2020.
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The Netherlands failed to have a shot on target all game and even though the likes of Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst and Donyell Malen did well earlier in the tournament, they were unable to produce against the Czechs.
The Czech Republic qualified for the last eight where they will face Denmark on Saturday in Baku.