The Netherlands' penalty shootout loss to Argentina in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday was an unjust way for them to exit the tournament, according to playmaker Wesley Sneijder. (Also read: Dutch media mourns defeat in World Cup 'chess' game)
"We deserve much better," said the Galatasaray midfielder, one of two Dutch players to see a penalty saved by Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero at Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena. (Also read: Holland exit robs Arjen Robben of chance to atone)
"Argentina were playing for penalties, which wasn't the case with us. We tried to play.
"I missed my penalty. It's a shame. But it's particularly frustrating not to have capitalised on the chances we created over the 120 minutes."
Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the contest finished 0-0 following extra time. They will play Germany in the final on Sunday. (Highlights)
Dutch centre-back Ron Vlaar saw his opening spot-kick saved by Romero, but having produced a commanding display over the course of the game, he said that he would not let it get him down.
"It's sport, and it's tough. But I'm a man and I'm not going to whinge about it," he said.
"Of course, I know that I played well, but positive feelings pass to one side now that I've missed my penalty.
"We're going home empty-handed. It's sad, because the only thing that counts is the title. There's still the third-place match (against Brazil). But it's not the same thing."