Netherlands v Scotland, 10 June 1996

Score0-0
RefereeLeif Sundell
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueVilla Park
Attendance34,363
Kick-off: 4.30pm Scotland and the Netherlands started their Group A campaigns with a goalless draw in Birmingham. Normally host to the claret and blue of Aston Villa FC, Villa Park was on this occasion a wall of altogether different colour and sound, from the bagpipes of 'The Tartan Army' to the trumpets of the Oranje's travelling contingent. The Dutch were not at their fluent best but could nevertheless have emerged victorious had they converted one of a series of chances far more presentable than any of those carved out by Scotland. Guus Hiddink's team were without the suspended Danny Blind but looked no less threatening going forward in the absence of their captain. They soon made their presence felt and were unfortunate not to go in front early on, Andy Goram doing superbly to deny Clarence Seedorf. Dennis Bergkamp, more advanced than was his wont at the time, spurned two further opportunities before the break as the Dutch continued to dominate. Seeford had a splendid chance to earn their just reward eight minutes into the second half but failed to make sufficient contact with Gaston Taument's cross. Though Craig Brown's side failed to provide Edwin van der Sar with too stern a test, they displayed impressive resilience and cohesion to leave their opponents frustrated.

0  Netherlands

Manager: Guus Hiddink

0  Scotland

Manager: Craig Brown

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender Johan de Kock
Defender Michael Reiziger
Defender/Centre back Winston Bogarde
Midfielder Jordi Cruyff
Midfielder Edgar Davids
Midfielder Ronald de Boer (captain)
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Richard Witschge
Forward Dennis Bergkamp
Forward Gaston Taument

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andy Goram
Defender Tommy Boyd
Defender Colin Calderwood
Defender Colin Hendry
Defender Stewart McKimmie
Midfielder John Collins
Midfielder Gary McAllister (captain)
Midfielder Stuart McCall
Forward Scott Booth
Forward Gordon Durie
Forward Kevin Gallacher

Substitutions:

Patrick Kluivert for Gaston Taument 61
Aron Winter for Ronald de Boer 68
Phillip Cocu for Richard Witschge 76

Substitutions:

John Spencer for Scott Booth 46
Billy McKinlay for Kevin Gallacher 55
Craig Burley for Stewart McKimmie 83

Cards:

Richard Witschge 26 Y
Gaston Taument 28 Y

Cards:

Tommy Boyd 4 Y
Kevin Gallacher 32 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Goalkeeper Ruud Hesp
Defender Arthur Numan
Defender Jaap Stam
Defender John Veldman
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Aron Winter
Forward Peter Hoekstra
Forward Youri Mulder

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jim Leighton
Goalkeeper Nicky Walker
Defender Derek Whyte
Midfielder Craig Burley
Midfielder Scot Gemmill
Midfielder Eoin Jess
Midfielder Billy McKinlay
Forward Darren Jackson
Forward Ally McCoist
Forward John Spencer