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17 aug 2008 - Source:

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Otman Bakkal, Dirk Marcellis and Erik Pieters will fly home after the Dutch Olympic team suffered a 2-1 quarter-final tie defeat against reigning Olympic champions Argentina. On the stroke of the first half of extra time, Messi superbly assisted Angel Di Maria who side-footed home the winner.
Bakkal equaliser
Argentina went ahead in the 15th minute through Lionel Messi, but when in the 36th minute a rebound from an Evander Sno free kick found Otman Bakkal, the PSV midfielder made no mistake, making the score 1-1. Royston Drenthe missed a golden opportunity to win the game for Holland in the closing stages, but the Real Madrid player wildly fired over the bar when in scoring position. In the last minute of the first half of extra-time, Angel Di Maria scored the winning goal in Shanghai, shattering Holland's Olympic dreams. The Dutch Olympic team are due to arrive at Amsterdam Airport at the end of Sunday afternoon.
Holland line-up:
Vermeer, Zuiverloon, Marcellis, Pieters, Jong-a-Pin (108, Sibon), De Guzman, Sno (46, Maduro), Bakkal, Emanuelson, Drenthe (96, Beerens) and Babel.