Lieke Martens felt guilty for days after her missed penalty against the United States in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

More than a month later, the left winger of the Orange Women says that he has processed the blow.

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"It really woke me up, it really touched me. We were so close. This was really the moment to beat America and unfortunately it didn't work out. I would rather have gone without a chance than this way. It was painful. "

More than a month later, Martens's pain is still audible when she talks about her missed penalty kick in Yokohama.

What should have been the crowning glory of the retiring national coach Sarina Wiegman ended on July 30 in a disappointment.

In the eightieth minute, at a 2-2 score, Martens had the perfect opportunity to deal with fear gegner the US, who won the World Cup title in 2019 at the expense of the then hopeless Orange women.

But the bet in the right corner of the usually reliable taker was stopped by American Alyssa Naeher.

The Netherlands lost the subsequent penalty shootout and saw its Olympic stay stranded in the quarterfinals.

Martens was severely shaken afterwards.

After a mandatory number at the

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, the star player of the Orange Women disappeared disillusioned in the dressing room, without saying a word.

Lieke Martens was inconsolable after her missed penalty against the US in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games.

Lieke Martens was inconsolable after her missed penalty against the US in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games.

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'Would never shoot it like that again'

More than a month later, when the Orange women return to Zeist, Martens speaks more extensively about the missed penalty for the first time.

Even now that she says she has processed the blow in her hometown of Barcelona, ​​it still feels like she has let her team down.

"I still blame myself very much. I take all responsibility for that penalty. I had the courage to stand behind it, but it was just very badly shot. I would never shoot it like that again."

"But in the end we still had chances and also lost the penalty series," Martens continues.

"It is very easy to point to one person. I also thought quite quickly: I also showed good things. In the end you fail as a whole team and not just me with that penalty. And we have to continue anyway. I can stay." bummed, but I can't help myself with that."

Lieke Martens' effort in the right corner was turned by American keeper Alyssa Naeher.

Lieke Martens' effort in the right corner was turned by American keeper Alyssa Naeher.

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'It feels like we've closed a chapter'

With the new national coach Mark Parsons, a new era has begun for the Orange Women.

The Briton stood in front of the group for the first time on Monday and after 4.5 years has to make Wiegman forget in Zeist.

"It does indeed feel like we have closed a chapter," said Martens.

"We ended the Olympics disappointingly, but you know that in football you get new opportunities."

The Orange Women will play the first international match under Parsons on Friday.

The Netherlands will then open the qualifying series for the 2023 World Cup with a home match against the Czech Republic (kick-off at 8.45 pm in Groningen).

An away game against Iceland will follow next Tuesday.

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