It was impossible to mark Ronaldo, admits Netherlands defender Van der Wiel

The highly-rated 24-year-old Ajax right-back was given the run-around by the Real Madrid star, and stated that no one could have stopped the Portuguese ace on Sunday
 Martin Langer
In Kharkiv

Netherlands defender Gregory van der Wiel has admitted that he found it "impossible" to mark Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday night's Euro 2012 Group B defeat by Portugal and put his failure to make a positive impact at the tournament down to his team-mates not passing him the ball.

The Ajax right-back never really got close to the Seleccao star, who scored twice as Paulo Bento's men dashed the Dutch hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.

"I had played against Ronaldo three times before, so it was no surprise what he did today," Van der Wiel told "But it really is impossible to mark him when he plays this well.

"The truth is that I didn't have a good tournament, I have to admit, but it not is all my fault. I could never play my attacking style. I was unmarked several times but my team-mates never passed the ball to me."

The 24-year-old Van der Wiel, who has been capped 35 times by the Oranje, is a product of Ajax's youth academy.

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