VAN MARWIJK QUIET OVER FUTURE
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk refused to discuss his future after his team bowed out of Euro 2012 with a third straight defeat.
The Dutch, who needed to win their final Group B clash against Portugal to have any chance of reaching the last eight, took the lead through Rafael van der Vaart, but Cristiano Ronaldo's double sent them packing.
Van Marwijk, who has a contract until 2016, said: "We had to win with a two-goal difference so we had to take a risk and go forward, it started well but then it didn't go to plan.
"We are disappointed we did not play well today, I am disappointed, I am responsible.
"We started every match well and today the scenario was right when we opened the scoring but then you have to keep that advantage to force your opponent to take more risks.
"But again we proved not able to do that and then we gave the goals away too easy. I am responsible and therefore failed at this tournament but at this moment I am not thinking about my future."
Van Marwijk admitted his big names had failed to deliver.
"We played well to make it 1-0, but we made an individual error and Portugal got back into the game. That caused uncertainty in the team," said Van Marwijk.
"The players who usually make a difference for us didn't reach that level. We're disappointed, it wasn't a good game.
"Things can change very fast - Ronaldo took a lot of criticism after the first two games here but tonight he was decisive."
Van der Vaart said: "We lost three games and we didn't deserve it. You could say: "You've had so many chances", but we weren't able to do anything with those chances.
"We all played badly, we all have to take a good, long look in the mirror. All we can say is that it's sad for our supporters. "
Portugal coach Paulo Bento refused to focus on Ronaldo's stunning performance.
A Euro 2012 quarter-final against the Czech Republic awaits in Warsaw on Thursday after Ronaldo scored in each half to send the Dutch home.
The 27-year-old Real Madrid winger was irrepressible as he tormented Holland's defence throughout, ensuring Portugal finished the 'group of death' as runners-up.
Ronaldo was criticised for his displays in the opening two games at Euro 2012, but despite having overwhelmed the Dutch, Bento was reluctant to shower him with praise.
"The individual effort of players is not important," Bento said.
"The issue of the effort players show for their clubs and country we have already talked about so much. We have discussed that enough.
"I'm proud of what we've done as a team and satisfied that we achieved our aim brilliantly.
"We have a certain kind of style, identity and ideas. The players put that into practice.
"Today we can talk about brilliance, it was the best game we have played here.
"We have been loyal to our spirit and that's what we're proud of."
"We don't claim to be favourites against the Czech Republic and it won't be easy against them,"
"They've shown they have the ability to turn a game and now we must continue our work and the quality we have shown so far. Maybe then we can even reach the semi-finals."
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