Netherlands v France, 21 June 2000

Score3-2 to Netherlands
RefereeAnders Frisk
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group D
VenueArenA Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Attendance50,000
Kick Off: 20:45 Local (19:45 BST) Assistant referees: Leif Lindberg (Sweden) Sergio Zuccolini (Italy) Fourth official: Markus Merk (Germany) Man of the Match: Edgar Davids (Netherlands) The Netherlands twice came from behind against a second string France to clinch top spot in Group D and set up a UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-final on home soil, against Yugoslavia in Rotterdam. A little of the appeal of this eagerly-awaited clash had been lost by the fact both teams were already through after back-to-back wins, yet the pair put on a real spectacle. Christophe Dugarry and Patrick Kluivert exchanged early strikes, and while David Trezeguet restored France's lead, two goals in eight minutes early in the second half turned the game on its head. Frank de Boer's thunderous free-kick made it 2-2, with Bernard Lama doing well even to get a hand to it as it veered away off Patrick Vieira. The fans in Amsterdam had barely returned to their seats when Boudewijn Zenden put the co-hosts in front, sweeping up when Sander Westerveld's long clearance eluded Kluivert and Frank Leboeuf. That brought some atonement from Westerveld, deputising for the injured Edwin van der Sar, after he had started the game in innocuous fashion – his hesitancy following Johan Micoud's corner was punished by a firm Dugarry header. The Netherlands were level inside six minutes after Dennis Bergkamp's splendid long diagonal pass released Kluivert, Leboeuf appealing for offside in vain as the striker fired beyond Lama. Suddenly the Oranje were on top. Marc Overmars threatened with two dangerous runs and Bergkamp poked wide after evading Marcel Desailly, the only member of France's first XI starting here. Then, after Zenden had made room for a cross, Bergkamp volleyed the ball into the ground, only to see it bounce onto the crossbar. Yet another right-wing corner proved the Netherlands' undoing. Jaap Stam got his head to the ball this time, but his clearance went only as far as Sylvain Wiltord who drove it back with power. Trezeguet applied the slightest of flicks to loft the ball over the diving Westerveld. The partisan crowd wanted more, expected more, and soon after the restart they got more courtesy of De Boer and Zenden. Not that France were ready to throw in the towel. Wiltord and Trezeguet both went close in an absorbing finale that saw Aron Winter come on for his 83rd cap, equalling Ruud Krol's Dutch record. Yet they could not avoid a first defeat in 14 games at a major tournament (discounting penalties) and Spain await in the quarter-finals.

3  Netherlands

Manager: Frank Rijkaard

2  France

Manager: Roger Lemerre

Goals:

Patrick Kluivert 14 G
Frank de Boer 51 G
Bolo Zenden 59 G

Goals:

Christophe Dugarry 8 G
David Trezeguet 32 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sander Westerveld
Defender Frank de Boer (captain)
Defender Arthur Numan
Defender/Centre back Jaap Stam
Midfielder Paul Bosvelt
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Edgar Davids
Midfielder Marc Overmars
Midfielder Bolo Zenden
Forward Dennis Bergkamp

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Bernard Lama
Defender/Centre back Marcel Desailly (captain)
Defender/Centre back Frank Leboeuf
Defender/Left back Vincent Candela
Midfielder Christian Karembeu
Midfielder Johann Micoud
Midfielder Robert Pires
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Forward David Trezeguet
Forward Sylvain Wiltord

Substitutions:

Roy Makaay for Patrick Kluivert 59
Aron Winter for Dennis Bergkamp 78
Peter van Vossen for Marc Overmars 90

Substitutions:

Youri Djorkaeff for Christophe Dugarry 68
Nicolas Anelka for Sylvain Wiltord 80
Didier Deschamps for Patrick Vieira 90

Cards:

Edgar Davids 81 Y
Phillip Cocu 85 Y

Cards:

Christophe Dugarry 45 Y
Marcel Desailly 75 Y
Patrick Vieira 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Defender/Right Back Michael Reiziger
Centre back Bert Konterman
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Roy Makaay

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Goalkeeper Ulrich Rame
Defender Laurent Blanc
Defender Bixente Lizarazu
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Didier Deschamps
Midfielder Youri Djorkaeff
Midfielder Zinedine Zidane
Forward Nicolas Anelka
Forward Thierry Henry