Netherlands v Yugoslavia, 25 June 2000

Score6-1 to Netherlands
RefereeJosé María García-Aranda
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
VenueFeyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam
Attendance44,000
Kick Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referees: Carlos Martín Nieto (Spain) Jens Larsen (Denmark) Fourth official: Günter Benkö (Austria) Man of the Match: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands) Patrick Kluivert scored a hat-trick in a breathtaking display of opportunism as the Netherlands booked a UEFA EURO 2000 semi-final meeting with Italy with a competition record 6-1 win. A defence-minded Yugoslavia kept it on an even keel until midway through the first half but once Kluivert broke the deadlock they sank fast. By the time the FC Barcelona striker exited on the hour he had secured the match ball, also playing a big role in Dejan Govedarica's own goal. Two late Marc Overmars strikes made it six; Savo Milošević last-gasp effort was little consolation. The Netherlands gave an early signal of their intent when Dennis Bergkamp's firm drive cannoned to safety off Siniša Mihajlović following a slick move involving Boudewijn Zenden and Overmars. Yet Yugoslavia, so fluent in the group stage, were not overawed. Mihajlović's vicious free-kick tested Edwin van der Sar, while Predrag Mijatović ought to have asked more pressing questions after Milošević left Frank de Boer for dead. The Oranje were stung into action. Bergkamp twice went close before teeing up Edgar Davids for a shot that rose over the angle of post and bar when he should have scored. The Arsenal FC man also instigated the opener as his sublime ball over the top caught Mihajlović on his heels and Ivica Kralj compounded the error by staying glued to his line as Kluivert brought the ball under control. By the time the goalkeeper awoke to the danger the forward was already in the process of poking it past him. The dam had burst. Yugoslavia were pegged back by wave after wave of attack and, though they survived when Overmars volleyed over, they had no answer when Davids dropped the ball behind Mihajlović seven minutes before half-time. Kluivert merely had to side-foot the ball in to double the lead. The grey skies over Rotterdam were serving as a stark contrast to the glorious exhibition of sunshine football inside the Feijenoord Stadium. Davids was particularly bright, dispatching a pass of outstanding subtlety to give Overmars an opportunity to intrude on the Kluivert show but he got under his effort. It was a temporary reprieve for Yugoslavia, who fell further in arrears when Paul Bosvelt's centre was turned into his own net by Govedarica under pressure from Kluivert. Then the striker completed his hat-trick, volleying in after good work from Zenden on the left. Yugoslavia's tormentor-in-chief departed to thunderous acclaim after he was accidentally caught by Mihajlović's arm. Overmars simply picked up the slack, volleying in Bergkamp's pass 12 minutes from time before making it 6-0 late on. There was still time for Milošević to tap in his fifth of the finals, but this was the Netherlands' day.

6  Netherlands

Manager: Frank Rijkaard

1  Yugoslavia

Manager: Vujadin Boskov

Goals:

Patrick Kluivert 24 G
Patrick Kluivert 38 G
Dejan Govedarica own goal 51 OG
Patrick Kluivert 53 G
Marc Overmars 77 G
Marc Overmars 89 G

Goals:

Savo Milošević 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender Frank de Boer (captain)
Defender Arthur Numan
Defender Jaap Stam
Midfielder Paul Bosvelt
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Edgar Davids
Midfielder Marc Overmars
Midfielder Bolo Zenden
Forward Dennis Bergkamp

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ivica Kralj
Defender Miroslav Dukić
Defender Nisa Saveljic
Midfielder Dejan Govedarica
Midfielder Vladimir Jugović
Midfielder Dragan Stojković (captain)

Substitutions:

Roy Makaay for Patrick Kluivert 59
Sander Westerveld for Edwin van der Sar 64
Ronald de Boer for Bolo Zenden 79

Substitutions:

Dejan Stanković for Dragan Stojković 51
Jovan Stanković for Nisa Saveljic 55
Darko Kovačević for Ljubinko Drulović 69

Cards:

Paul Bosvelt 48 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

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

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Zeljko Cicovic
Goalkeeper Milorad Korac
Defender Ivan Dudic
Defender/Midfielder Goran Bunjevcevic
Midfielder Albert Nadj
Midfielder Dejan Stanković
Midfielder Jovan Stanković