Switzerland v Netherlands, 13 June 1996

Score2-0 to Netherlands
RefereeAtanas Duzonov
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueVilla Park
Attendance36,800
Kick-off: 7.30pm Slow out of the blocks, the Netherlands finally started to stamp their authority on Group A with a 2-0 win against Switzerland which sent them top of the standings. Held to a goalless draw by Scotland in their opening fixture, the Dutch again took time to find their stride back at Villa Park. Switzerland had earned an unexpected point against England in the tournament curtain-raiser but could not cope once the Netherlands began to go through the gears. It was not until midway through the second half that Guus Hiddink's side did so, however, Jordi Cruyff opening the scoring before Dennis Bergkamp added a second with 11 minutes left. Though the latter stages belonged to the Dutch, Switzerland had a fine chance of their own to break the deadlock after the interval, Marc Hottiger, suspended against England, ballooning a clear opportunity into the crowd. It was then that a familiar name came to fore, Cruyff – son of the legendary Johan – spurned two openings before breaking his international duck with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. Beaten on that occasion, Swiss goalkeeper Marco Pascolo needed to be on guard to rebuff Dennis Bergkamp on three occasions as his team went in search of an equaliser. The crafty forward was not to be denied, though, turning in the rebound following his second attempt to wrap up victory for the Oranje.

0  Switzerland

Manager: Artur Jorge

2  Netherlands

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Goals:

Goals:

Jordi Cruyff 66 G
Dennis Bergkamp 79 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Marco Pascolo
Defender Marc Hottiger
Defender Yvan Quentin
Defender/Centre back Stephane Henchoz
Defender/Centre back Ramon Vega
Midfielder Ciriaco Sforza (captain)
Midfielder Johann Vogel
Forward Marco Grassi

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
Defender/Right Back Michael Reiziger
Defender Danny Blind (captain)
Defender/Centre back Winston Bogarde
Midfielder Jordi Cruyff
Midfielder Ronald de Boer
Midfielder Clarence Seedorf
Midfielder Aron Winter
Midfielder Richard Witschge
Forward Dennis Bergkamp
Forward Peter Hoekstra

Substitutions:

Alexandre Comisetti for Sebastien Jeanneret 69

Substitutions:

Johan de Kock for Clarence Seedorf 26
Edgar Davids for Ronald de Boer 80
Patrick Kluivert for Jordi Cruyff 85

Cards:

Sebastien Jeanneret 32 Y
Stephane Chapuisat 40 Y
Kubilay Turkyilmaz 62 Y
Marco Grassi 72 Y

Cards:

Clarence Seedorf 14 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Joel Corminboeuf
Goalkeeper Stephan Lehmann
Defender Alain Geiger
Midfielder Christophe Bonvin
Midfielder Alexandre Comisetti
Midfielder Sebastien Fournier
Midfielder Marcel Koller
Midfielder Patrick Sylvestre
Forward Davide Sesa

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ed de Goey
Goalkeeper Ruud Hesp
Defender Johan de Kock
Defender Arthur Numan
Defender John Veldman
Defender/Centre back Jaap Stam
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Edgar Davids
Forward Youri Mulder
Forward Gaston Taument