Netherlands v Italy, 29 June 2000

Score0-0 :: penalties 3-1 to Italy
RefereeMarkus Merk
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals semi-final
VenueAmsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Attendance51,300
Kick Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Italy won 3-1 on penalties. After extra time: 0-0 after 90 and 120 minutes Assistant referees: Kurt Ertl (Germany) Philip Sharp (England) Fourth official: José María García-Aranda (Spain) Man of the Match: Francesco Toldo (Italy) The Netherlands were eliminated on penalties for the fourth time in five major tournaments as Italy advanced to a UEFA EURO 2000 final against France. Frank de Boer and Patrick Kluivert had already missed spot kicks in normal time as the Oranje failed to break down an Azzurri team reduced to ten men after the 34th-minute dismissal of Gianluca Zambrotta. Italy scored the first three penalties in the shoot-out through Luigi Di Biagio, Gianluca Pessotto and Francesco Totti, while De Boer and Jaap Stam both missed for the Netherlands. Kluivert scored and Paolo Maldini missed to restore Oranje hopes, but man of the match Francesco Toldo saved Paul Bosvelt's kick to confirm Italy as 3-1 winners. Dino Zoff made two changes to the formula that provided quarter-final victory against Romania, with Di Biagio replacing the injured Antonio Conte and Totti making way for Alessandro Del Piero. Injury also forced counterpart Frank Rijkaard to make one switch, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst replacing Artur Numan at left-back. The Netherlands served notice of their attacking threat as early as the third minute when Dennis Bergkamp's lob put Phillip Cocu through on goal, but he could only prod over. Bergkamp struck the post after letting fly from the right. It was looking good for the Oranje, even better when Zambrotta received a second yellow card and then, four minutes later, a final place seemed theirs for the taking when Alessandro Nesta held back Kluivert. Toldo dived to his left to divert De Boer's penalty behind, however – a sign of things to come. Despite their numerical inferiority, Italy adopted a bolder approach as Stefano Fiore and Del Piero both had sighters at goal and the Netherlands were finding it hard to impose their rhythm. They could not fail to make use of the space afforded them, though, and another fine passing move concluded with Edgar Davids going down under Iuliano's challenge. Kluivert hit the post from the resulting penalty and despite constant pressure, hopeful efforts from Van Bronckhorst, Marc Overmars and substitute Clarence Seedorf were all they could muster as the tie drifted into extra time. They were almost hit by a golden goal sucker punch, and it needed sharp reactions from Van Der Sar to deny Marco Delvecchio with his feet. By then Aron Winter had entered the fray for a Dutch record 84th cap – this would not be a momentous day for the Netherlands, though.

0 (1)  Netherlands

Manager: Frank Rijkaard

0 (3)  Italy

Manager: Dino Zoff

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender Frank de Boer (captain)
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 Francesco Toldo
Defender Paolo Maldini (captain)
Defender/Centre back Fabio Cannavaro
Defender/Centre back Mark Iuliano
Defender/Centre back Alessandro Nesta
Defender/Midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta
Midfielder Demetrio Albertini
Midfielder Luigi Di Biagio
Midfielder Stefano Fiore
Forward Filippo Inzaghi

Substitutions:

Peter van Vossen for Bolo Zenden 77
Clarence Seedorf for Dennis Bergkamp 86
Aron Winter for Phillip Cocu 94

Substitutions:

Marco Delvecchio for Filippo Inzaghi 66
Gianluca Pessotto for Demetrio Albertini 77
Francesco Totti for Stefano Fiore 82

Cards:

Bolo Zenden 28 Y
Edgar Davids 50 Y
Giovanni van Bronckhorst 75 Y
Jaap Stam 93 Y

Cards:

Gianluca Zambrotta 15 Y
Mark Iuliano 16 Y
Gianluca Zambrotta 33 Y
Gianluca Zambrotta 33 R
Francesco Toldo 38 Y
Paolo Maldini 45 Y
Luigi Di Biagio 87 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Goalkeeper Sander Westerveld
Defender/Right Back Michael Reiziger
Defender Arthur Numan
Centre back Bert Konterman
Midfielder Ronald de Boer
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Roy Makaay

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati
Goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli
Defender Ciro Ferrara
Defender Paolo Negro
Midfielder Massimo Ambrosini
Midfielder Antonio Conte
Midfielder Angelo Di Livio
Midfielder Gianluca Pessotto
Forward Francesco Totti

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Netherlands went second) 1 - Frank de Boer [missed] 2 - Jaap Stam [missed] 3 - Patrick Kluivert [scored] 4 - Paul Bosvelt [missed]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Italy went first) 1 - Luigi Di Biagio [scored] 2 - Gianluca Pessotto [scored] 3 - Francesco Totti [scored]