Netherlands v Czech Republic, 11 June 2000

Score1-0 to Netherlands
RefereePierluigi Collina
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group D
VenueArenA Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Attendance50,800
Kick Off: 20:45 Local (19:45 BST) Assistant referees: Sergio Zuccolini (Italy) Turgay Güdü (Turkey) Fourth official: Kyros Vassaras (Greece) Man of the Match: Pavel Nedvěd (Czech Republic) Frank de Boer blasted in a penalty a minute from time as UEFA EURO 2000 co-hosts the Netherlands began their campaign with an unconvincing victory over the Czech Republic in Amsterdam. De Boer kept his cool to send Pavel Srníček the wrong way after brother Ronald was brought down by Jiří Němec as he attempted to meet a cross from fellow substitute Marc Overmars. It earned a somewhat fortuitous Group D triumph for the Oranje against a Czech side twice denied by the woodwork, their frustrations compounded by the dismissal of Radoslav Látal, who had earlier been replaced, for dissent from the bench. Both teams started slowly with the accent on patient probing and passing, and only Edgar Davids, living up to his 'Pitbull' sobriquet, injected any real urgency. His direct run after four minutes ended with a tumble and soon after his powerful drive deflected wide for the game's first corner. The Netherlands' second corner produced the first real opening, with Dennis Bergkamp seizing on a poor clearance to fire in a curling shot; Srníček gathered at the second attempt. The Czech No1 was soon besieged, brilliantly parrying Patrick Kluivert's effort after an excellent turn and shot, then blocking as Boudewijn Zenden followed up – he had earned his luck as the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and over. The Netherlands had found their passing range and were exerting complete control. They came close again when Bergkamp's low drive went across the face of goal and narrowly wide. Despite their continued dominance, the chances dried up for the Oranje and slowly but surely their opponents made inroads. Vladimír Šmicer and Pavel Nedvěd were at the heart of the revival and the duo combined well with Jan Koller on 44 minutes. The move culminated with Nedvěd sending a searing strike – his side's only one of the half – narrowly wide. That proved a sign of things to come as Jozef Chovanec's men began to dominate. Koller's close-range effort was superbly saved by Edwin van der Sar, though he could do nothing when Nedvěd's powerful header crashed back off the upright following Jiří Němec's cross before rolling into the keeper's hands on the goal line. The woodwork was still shaking when Koller's header smacked off the crossbar. The Netherlands hung on, allowing Frank de Boer to steal it at the death.

1  Netherlands

Manager: Frank Rijkaard

0  Czech Republic

Manager: Jozef Chovanec

Goals:

Frank de Boer penalty 90 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender/Right Back Michael Reiziger
Defender Frank de Boer (captain)
Defender/Centre back Jaap Stam
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Edgar Davids
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Bolo Zenden
Forward Dennis Bergkamp

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Pavel Srníček
Defender Petr Gabriel
Defender Karel Rada
Defender Tomáš Repka
Midfielder Radoslav Látal
Midfielder Pavel Nedved (captain)
Midfielder Jiří Němec
Midfielder Karel Poborský
Midfielder Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder Vladimir Smicer
Forward Jan Koller

Substitutions:

Ronald de Boer for Clarence Seedorf 56
Bert Konterman for Jaap Stam 74
Marc Overmars for Bolo Zenden 77

Substitutions:

Radek Bejbl for Radoslav Látal 69
Pavel Kuka for Vladimir Smicer 82
Vratislav Lokvenc for Pavel Nedved 90

Cards:

Giovanni van Bronckhorst 36 Y
Frank de Boer 89 Y

Cards:

Pavel Nedved 22 Y
Karel Poborský 48 Y
Tomáš Repka 66 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Goalkeeper Sander Westerveld
Defender Arthur Numan
Centre back Bert Konterman
Midfielder Paul Bosvelt
Midfielder Ronald de Boer
Midfielder Marc Overmars
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Roy Makaay

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jaromir Blazek
Goalkeeper Ladislav Maier
Defender Milan Fukal
Defender Jiri Novotny
Defender Petr Vlcek
Midfielder Radek Bejbl
Midfielder Pavel Horvath
Midfielder Marek Jankulovski
Forward Pavel Kuka