Van Ginkel rues end of Dutch dream

Marco van Ginkel reflected on the end of a "dream" after the Netherlands' semi-final defeat by Italy, with Kevin Strootman struggling to find the positives after coming up short.

Marco van Ginkel told UEFA.com of the “hurt” in the Netherlands dressing room after semi-final defeat to Spain.

The Netherlands' players could scarcely hide their disappointment after their 1-0 semi-final defeat by Italy on Saturday. Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, one of the Jong Oranje's most consistent performers at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel, reflected on the end of a "dream", while captain Kevin Strootman struggled to find the positives after failing to win the trophy he craved.

Marco van Ginkel, Netherlands midfielder
Yes, it hurts. We had a dream of winning the final and in the semi-final we have gone out against Italy, so it's not good in the dressing room. I think we were the better team, we had a lot of chances but we just didn't score. Italy did not have so many chances and one chance goes in. It's not nice. I don't think any of of these players had played a tournament like this. Like I said, for us we wanted to go to the final and now we are out, so it's not good.

Kevin Strootman, Netherlands captain
It's such a disappointing game – I think we deserved the victory. But you know, Italy waited for one chance, we made one mistake and it's a goal. [Cor Pot] didn't say a lot because everybody was down. He just complimented all the players for giving 100%. It just wasn't meant to be in this tournament.

We know we can play better but we have a lot of new players in the team and I think we could have got to the final. But it's Italy against Spain now. It's a real disappointment. We have played some good games. Today we did well – not really good – but we did well and we had a lot of possession. But we have to score.

I want to win prizes and that's the only thing that matters. I haven't won a prize with my club this season and now the same here, so I am not pleased with the result.