Netherlands v Denmark, 16 June 2000

Score3-0 to Netherlands
RefereeUrs Meier
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group D
VenueFeyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam
Attendance51,425
Kick Off: 20:45 Local (19:45 BST) Assistant referees: Nicolae Grigorescu (Romania) Leif Lindberg (Sweden) Fourth official: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia) Man of the Match: Frank de Boer (Netherlands) The Netherlands responded to recent criticism in style as they reached the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals with a performance of character that leaves Denmark's aspirations in tatters. Public support for the tournament co-hosts was low after their last-gasp win against the Czech Republic five days ago, but they delighted the full house in Rotterdam with a much-improved display. All their goals came after half-time with Patrick Kluivert scoring the all-important opener just before the hour, pouncing on the loose ball when Dennis Bergkamp's shot bounced off the onrushing Peter Schmeichel. Nine minutes later substitute Ronald de Boer doubled the lead, sweeping in Boudewijn Zenden's cross from close range. Schmeichel kept Denmark in contention with saves from Zenden and Kluivert, but he had no answer when the former capped a great run by Michael Reiziger 13 minutes from time. To compound Denmark's misery Michael Schjønberg then missed from the penalty spot after Edwin van der Sar had brought down Ebbe Sand. It took the Netherlands through with a game to spare, leaving Denmark with only the consolation of third place to play for when they meet the Czech Republic in their final outing. They began well enough, and Morten Bisgaard fashioned an early chance after cutting in from the right as his shot at the second attempt struck the grounded Allan Nielsen and bounced up into the arms of a grateful Van der Sar. It was just the start Denmark needed following their 3-0 defeat by France; the same could not be said of the Netherlands, apparently daunted, not inspired, by the sea of orange surrounding them. They improved, and almost scored the breakthrough on the half-hour. Zenden's cross found its way via Overmars to Kluivert, whose first-time shot was spilled by Schmeichel; Overmars' effort from the rebound curled just past the post. Schmeichel made amends with a typically brave save, diving at the feet of Edgar Davids after Bergkamp had carved open the Denmark defence. Then, on the stroke of half-time, a delicate chip from Thomas Gravesen – preferred in the starting XI to Stig Tøfting – came back off the crossbar with Van der Sar beaten. It was all eerily familiar of the Czech game for the Netherlands, when their opponents twice hit the woodwork. Here, though, the Oranje were a renewed force after the restart.

3  Netherlands

Manager: Frank Rijkaard

0  Denmark

Manager: Bo Johansson

Goals:

Patrick Kluivert 57 G
Ronald de Boer 65 G
Bolo Zenden 76 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender Frank de Boer (captain)
Defender Michael Reiziger
Centre back Bert Konterman
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Edgar Davids
Midfielder Marc Overmars
Midfielder Bolo Zenden
Forward Dennis Bergkamp

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel (captain)
Defender Søren Colding
Defender Jan Heintze
Defender René Henriksen
Defender/Midfielder Morten Bisgaard
Midfielder Thomas Gravesen
Midfielder Jesper Grønkjær
Midfielder Allan Nielsen
Forward Ebbe Sand

Substitutions:

Ronald de Boer for Marc Overmars 61
Aron Winter for Dennis Bergkamp 75
Sander Westerveld for Edwin van der Sar 88

Substitutions:

Stig Tøfting for Allan Nielsen 60
Brian Steen Nielsen for Thomas Gravesen 66
Thomas Helveg for Michael Schjønberg 81

Cards:

Giovanni van Bronckhorst 4 Y
Michael Reiziger 10 Y
Bert Konterman 56 Y
Edwin van der Sar 80 Y

Cards:

Allan Nielsen 50 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Goalkeeper Sander Westerveld
Defender Arthur Numan
Defender Jaap Stam
Midfielder Paul Bosvelt
Midfielder Ronald de Boer
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Roy Makaay

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Peter Kjær
Goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen
Defender Thomas Helveg
Defender Jes Høgh
Defender Martin Laursen
Midfielder Bjarne Goldbaek
Midfielder Martin Jørgensen
Midfielder Brian Steen Nielsen
Midfielder Stig Tøfting
Forward Mikkel Beck
Forward Miklos Molnar