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Dutch star Wesley Sneijder refuses to stand beside tall mascot

Dutch star Wesley Sneijder refuses to stand beside tall mascot

Dutch star Wesley Sneijder refuses to stand beside tall mascot

The Netherlands were pretty annoyed at last night’s defeat to the Czech Republic, with new boss Guus Hiddink fuming at his side’s comical defending.

However, the omens weren’t too good for the Dutch - even before they kicked a ball.

Playmaker Wesley Sneijder refused to stand behind traditional mascot as the youngster was almost the same height as him (5’11’’).

Sneijder stood off to the side of the youngster, who, to his credit, didn’t let the snub appear to bother him too much.

The Dutch lost the game 2-1 and afterwards, coach Guus Hiddink let rip at his players.

An awful defensive mistake from Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat gifted Vaclav Pilar an injury-time winner in Hiddink's first competitive match in charge.

Janmaat headed Borek Dockal's cross against his own post and could only look on in horror as Pilar anticipated the rebound to convert from a couple of yards.

Holland had earlier got back on level terms thanks to Stefan de Vrij cancelling out Dockal's opener in Prague.

"I was livid," Hiddink told the Dutch Football Association website. "If you can't win, make sure you don't lose."

Janmaat admitted he felt like an idiot after the mistake.

"I wanted to head the ball back to (goalkeeper) Jasper (Cillessen), but I got it wrong," he told www.telegraaf.nl.

"I feel very silly, but it was my fault."

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