Netherlands v Germany, 18 June 1992

Score3-1 to Netherlands
RefereePierluigi Pairetto
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals group 2
VenueNya Ullevi, Goteborg
Attendance37,725
Kick Off: 20:15 Local (19:15 BST) Injury-ravaged Germany could not recover from an early Dutch assault in the sides' final 1992 UEFA European Championship Group B game, but Scotland's 3-0 win against the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the section's other fixture spared Berti Vogts' side an early exit. After just four minutes, Frank Rijkaard's looping header converted a free-kick from Ronald Koeman, who was expected to take the next one but left it to Rob Witschge, who shot all along the ground from 25 metres on the quarter-hour mark. Jürgen Klinsmann reduced the arrears after half-time, though Dennis Bergkamp restored the Netherlands' two-goal lead. With Guido Buchwald and Stefan Reuter injured, Andreas Brehme had to switch flanks to the right to accommodate Michael Frontzeck, and Thomas Helmer came in to cover Bergkamp's runs from deep. Two Oranje goals in the opening 15 minutes reflect that the new-look German defence did not exactly gel immediately, but as Marco van Basten hit the bar with a splendid overhead kick, it could have been worse. Klinsmann, dynamic and irrepressible as ever, headed in Thomas Hässler's corner after the break, but Rinus Michels pulled Rijkaard back into defence to counter the aerial bombardment. The General also refreshed his ranks, sending on Aron Winter, who duly shot up the right to pull back a cross for Bergkamp to step in and score with a low header across goalkeeper Bodo Illgner. After the match, Michels warned "we do not think we have seen the last of Germany." Indeed, many expected the final to be a repeat of this absorbing encounter – only one team would keep their end of the bargain.

3  Netherlands

Manager: Rinus Michels

1  Germany

Manager: Berti Vogts

Goals:

Frank Rijkaard 4 G
Rob Witschge 14 G
Dennis Bergkamp 71 G

Goals:

Jurgen Klinsmann 53 G

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Bodo Illgner
Defender Manfred Binz
Defender Andreas Brehme (captain)
Defender Thomas Helmer
Defender Jürgen Kohler
Midfielder Stefan Effenberg
Midfielder Thomas Hässler
Midfielder Andreas Möller

Substitutions:

Aron Winter for Frank de Boer 62
Peter Bosz for Dennis Bergkamp 87

Substitutions:

Matthias Sammer for Manfred Binz 46
Thomas Doll for Karl-Heinz Riedle 76

Cards:

Cards:

Jürgen Kohler 50 Y

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

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Andreas Köpke
Defender Michael Schulz
Defender Christian Wörns
Midfielder Thomas Doll
Midfielder Matthias Sammer
Forward Andreas Thom