France v Netherlands, 22 June 1996

Score0-0 :: penalties 5-4 to France
RefereeAntonio Jesus Lopez Nieto
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
VenueAnfield
Attendance37,465
Kick-off: 6.30pm local France won 5-4 on penalties After extra time Stout defence, tactical acumen and a fair slice of luck earned France a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory against the Netherlands and a place in the semi-finals. While Aimé Jacquet's men were brimming with confidence having topped Group B and extended their unbeaten run to 26 matches, the Dutch were still coming to terms with their 4-1 defeat by England only four days earlier. Les Bleus, though, remained reliant on a superb back line which seldom looked likely to be breached during 120 minutes of goalless action. Penalties were required and it was France who held their nerve, Clarence Seedorf the man whose saved spot kick proved decisive. With the stakes so high and the two defences so wily, it was little surprise that such a cautious opening unfolded at Anfield. Indeed the only two clear-cut openings of the first half were shared by either side, Ronald de Boer heading wide from a Dutch corner and Christian Karembeu shooting recklessly over the bar for the French. Both coaches sent for the cavalry around the hour mark, Seedorf and Christophe Dugarry the players brought into the action, but it was not until extra time was in sight that the match finally sparked into life. Phillip Cocu went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock on 84 minutes but his deflected free-kick spun narrowly wide after brushing a post. There was still time for an even better opportunity, though, Seedorf kept out by Bernard Lama's splendid stop having been sent clean through by Youri Mulder. France looked the more committed to grabbing the golden goal but could find no way past the indomitable Edwin van der Sar until it came to spot kicks. Each team had scored three apiece by the time Seedorf was denied by Lama, with Vincent Guérin making no such mistake to leave France on the brink. Laurent Blanc stumbled as he struck his shot but it was accurate enough and France were through.

0 (5)  France

Manager: Aime Jacquet

0 (4)  Netherlands

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Bernard Lama
Defender Laurent Blanc
Defender Marcel Desailly
Defender Bixente Lizarazu
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Didier Deschamps (captain)
Midfielder Youri Djorkaeff
Midfielder Vincent Guerin
Midfielder Christian Karembeu
Midfielder Zinédine Zidane
Forward Patrice Loko

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender Danny Blind (captain)
Defender Johan de Kock
Defender Michael Reiziger
Defender/Centre back Winston Bogarde
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Jordi Cruyff
Midfielder Ronald de Boer
Midfielder Richard Witschge
Forward Dennis Bergkamp

Substitutions:

Christophe Dugarry for Patrice Loko 61
Reynald Pedros for Christophe Dugarry 80

Substitutions:

Clarence Seedorf for Dennis Bergkamp 59
Aron Winter for Jordi Cruyff 69
Youri Mulder for Richard Witschge 80

Cards:

Didier Deschamps 7 Y
Christian Karembeu 48 Y

Cards:

Johan de Kock 68 Y
Patrick Kluivert 89 Y
Winston Bogarde 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Goalkeeper Bruno Martini
Defender Jocelyn Angloma
Defender Eric Di Meco
Defender Frank Leboeuf
Defender Alain Roche
Midfielder Sabri Lamouchi
Midfielder Corentin Martins
Midfielder Reynald Pedros
Forward Mikael Madar

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Goalkeeper Ruud Hesp
Defender Arthur Numan
Defender Jaap Stam
Defender John Veldman
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Peter Hoekstra
Forward Youri Mulder
Forward Gaston Taument

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (France went second) 1 - Zinédine Zidane [scored] 2 - Youri Djorkaeff [scored] 3 - Bixente Lizarazu [scored] 4 - Vincent Guérin [scored] 5 - Laurent Blanc [scored]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Netherlands went first) 1 - Johan de Kock [scored] 2 - Ronald de Boer [scored] 3 - Patrick Kluivert [scored] 4 - Clarence Seedorf [missed] 5 - Danny Blind [scored]