"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.
     
"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,” he added.
     
Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the contest finished 0-0 following extra time. They will play Germany in the final on Sunday.
     
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,” he added.      

"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,” he said.

(Agencies)

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