Matthijs De Ligt Makes Major Error To Gift England The Opening Goal
Matthijs de Ligt made a rookie error in defending after fouling Marcus Rashford and gifting England the opener in the Nations League semi-final.
The 19-year-old Dutch centre-back is highly rated and many fear the defensive partnership that he strikes up with Virgil van Dijk.
But De Ligt was caught out big time and clumsily brought down Rashford inside the box.
The Manchester United forward stepped up and converted from the spot kick to hand Gareth Southgate's men the opener in the first half.
It's a poor challenge from De Ligt and England capitalise!
Rashford has England in front!
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- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) 6 June 2019
Social media users have had their say on the foul, too.
Loooool don't want De Ligt, Lovren 2.0
- - (@eoinsim1) 6 June 2019
DE LIGT MISTAKE YOU CANT MAKE THIS UP
- K. :beginner: (@Man_UnitedK) 6 June 2019
De Ligt a poor mans Foyth tbh
- Glen (@Glxn) 6 June 2019
Dear De Ligt if you come to @ManUtd this summer you can train against that pace everyday and never get caught it again :wink: #NationsLeague
- Jerms_MUFC (@jerms_9) 6 June 2019
De Ligt mistake hehehe
- Dabby (@hiimdabby) 6 June 2019
Everyone praising De Ligt the past 12-24 months, he's just shown he's actually human giving away that clear penalty. 1-0 to #Eng.
- Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) 6 June 2019
De ligt bad mistake. Rashford pressed well though and won that pen. Get in rashford great pen.
- Foster81 (@Foster8110) 6 June 2019
De Ligt fouls Rashford, maybe, just maybe it's happening. On the other hand I am clutching at straws @ManUtd
- Cantona & Best (@bestcanton7) 6 June 2019
De Ligt bounced back to head home the Dutch equaliser and force extra-time.
Netherlands will take on Portugal in the Nations League final on Sunday night while Gareth Southgate's men face Switzerland in the third-placed play-off.
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