Wednesday 26 July 2017

Robin van Persie was mercilessly trolled on Twitter for costly Own Goal

Robin van Persie feels the pain during Holland's defeat by the Czech Republic
Robin van Persie feels the pain during Holland's defeat by the Czech Republic
Netherlands' Robin van Persie reacts during the Euro 2016 qualifying fooball match Netherlands vs Czech Republic at the Amsterdam Arena last night

Sean Gibson

The Netherlands' 3-2 home defeat to the Czech Republic last night concluded a miserable qualifying campaign for Oranje and capped a torrid few weeks for star name Robin van Persie.

It's safe to say that Twitter - so often a bastion of empathy and support - took savage pleasure in the Dutch downfall and the misfortunes of van Persie in particular.

The Fenerbahce forward scored a comic own goal in the second half to put the Czechs 3-0 ahead. The former Arsenal and Manchester United favourite scored as the Dutch fought back to 3-2, but was then rightly booked for diving as he went down under a challenge in the Czech box.

Van Persie told De Telegraaf: "We will have to bite, for almost a year, on a very sour apple and we must all go through it – the players, the fans, the media, everyone.

"I'm not one to run away from difficult situations, I won't do so now either."

Meanwhile former Dutch international Boudewijn Zenden was quoted by the BBC, saying an own goal in the final match summed up the whole qualifying campaign.

Last night's result means Holland finish fourth in Group A, failing to qualify even for a play-off spot having finished third at the World Cup just 15 months ago.

The European Championships have been expanded from 16 to 24 teams for the 2016 tournament in France, but the Netherlands were still beaten out by Iceland, the Czechs and Turkey in their qualifying group.

Van Persie himself is enduring a dreadful start to the season at all levels, having transferred from Manchester United to Fenerbahce in the summer.

The player has spoken publicly of his dissatisfaction at being benched for his new team and he only appears to be getting more and more agitated with the situation.

On top of his on-pitch woes, van Persie has recently been involved in some handbags on the Holland training ground with his replacement at Manchester United, Memphis Depay.

The internet will always tend to enjoy the sorrow of Robin van Persie, it appears, given how great a proportion of the internet's population are Arsenal fans.

Van Persie was an Arsenal player from 2004 to 2012 and the club stuck by the Dutchman through a string of serious injuries.

But Van Persie then left the club to play for Manchester United, with whom he claimed his first Premier League winners' medal.

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