Denmark v Netherlands, 22 June 1992

Score2-2 :: penalties 5-4 to Denmark
Referee Emilio Soriano
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Semi-final
VenueNya Ullevi, Goteborg
Attendance37,450
Kick Off: 20:15 Local (19:15 BST) Denmark won 5-4 on penalties. After extra time. Peter Schmeichel was the hero of Denmark's EURO '92 semi-final success against the Netherlands, denying Marco van Basten in the shoot-out after keeping out a Bryan Roy effort in extra time. The Manchester United FC goalkeeper got down to his left to fend away Van Basten's effort. Although the holders converted their other four penalties, Kim Christofte put away the fifth for Denmark – only in the tournament as emergency replacements for Yugoslavia – as they completed a miraculous journey to the final, where world champions Germany lay in wait. Brian Laudrup's pinpoint cross had been headed in at close range by Henrik Larsen after just five minutes, but Frank Rijkaard set up Dennis Bergkamp to level midway through the first half with a delicate shot into the bottom corner. Denmark were back in front within ten minutes. Headers by Kim Vilfort, Laudrup and Ronald Koeman sent the ball out to Larsen on the edge of the penalty area, and his shot found the far corner. Denmark largely controlled the game thereafter, even after the impressive Henrik Andersen, having already picked up a booking that would have kept him out of any final, suffered a sickening injury by cracking his knee cap. He would be out for 11 months and made just once more international appearance, in 1994. The underdogs looked set to hold out when Rijkaard scored four minutes from time following Ruud Gullit's glancing header. The extra half-hour was an eternity for Denmark, with Schmeichel notably denying Roy from close range. The keeper would be a hero again before the night was out.

2 (5)  Denmark

Manager: Richard Moller Nielsen

2 (4)  Netherlands

Manager: Rinus Michels

Goals:

Henrik Larsen 5 G
Henrik Larsen 32 G

Goals:

Dennis Bergkamp 23 G
Frank Rijkaard 85 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel
Defender Henrik Andersen
Defender Kim Christofte
Defender Lars Olsen (captain)
Defender Torben Piechnik
Defender John Sivebaek
Midfielder John Jensen
Midfielder Henrik Larsen
Midfielder Kim Vilfort
Forward Brian Laudrup

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen
Defender Frank de Boer
Defender Ronald Koeman
Midfielder Ruud Gullit (captain)
Midfielder Frank Rijkaard
Midfielder Rob Witschge
Midfielder Jan Wouters
Forward Dennis Bergkamp
Forward Bryan Roy

Substitutions:

Lars Elstrup for Brian Laudrup 57
Claus Christiansen for Henrik Andersen 70

Substitutions:

Wim Kieft for Frank de Boer 46
Johnny van't Schip for Bryan Roy 116

Cards:

Henrik Andersen 15 Y

Cards:

Frank Rijkaard 42 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mogens Krogh
Defender Kent Nielsen
Midfielder Morten Bruun
Midfielder Jonny Molby
Midfielder Peter Nielsen
Forward Lars Elstrup
Forward Torben Frank

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Stanley Menzo
Defender Danny Blind
Defender Berry van Aerle
Midfielder Peter Bosz
Midfielder Wim Jonk
Midfielder Johnny van't Schip
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Wim Kieft
Forward Erik Viscaal

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out detail (Denmark went second) 1 - Henrik Larsen [scored] 2 - Flemming Povlsen [scored] 3 - Lars Elstrup [scored] 4 - Kim Vilfort [scored] 5 - Kim Christofte [scored]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out detail (Netherlands went first) 1 - Ronald Koeman [scored] 2 - Marco van Basten [saved] 3 - Dennis Bergkamp [scored] 4 - Frank Rijkaard [scored] 5 - Rob Witschge [scored]