Rafael van der Vaart spent an eventful Sunday as the captain of the Netherlands.
Early on, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder curled home a beauty of a goal that put his nation ahead and gave the Dutch some unlikely hope of advancing to the knockout stage.
Then, well, it all fell apart, and Holland went home.
But before all that happened, there was this video.
Yes, you saw that right. That was Rafael van der Vaart trying to remove Wesley Sneijder's shorts, presumably during pregame warm-ups.
Well done, Rafa. You just earned yourself a starring role in B/R's Viral Video of the Day.
Kidding aside, it's nice to see the Dutch players trying to enjoy themselves during what turned out to be an awful experience at Euro 2012. Billed as one of the pre-tournament favorites, Holland crashed out of the competition after three straight defeats.
Almost unbelievably, the Netherlands still had a chance to advance on Sunday, but they needed a victory over Portugal to do it. That's where Van der Vaart came in.
Previously used as a sub, Van der Vaart assumed the role of captain after the benching of Mark van Bommel.
With VDV pulling the strings in the middle of the midfield, Holland got off to a good start. Then, however, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal took over.
Clearly, the pregame horseplay was ineffective. But what do you think, readers?
Is it possible Ronaldo could rip off Pepe's shorts in warm-ups—and then manage to escape with his life intact?