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Van Basten hat-trick eliminates England

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.23CET
England 1-3 Netherlands
Marco van Basten's hat-trick helped the Dutch off the mark and into position to qualify, while condemning Bobby Robson's team to an early exit.
Van Basten hat-trick eliminates England
Marco van Basten celebrates his hat-trick against England ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.23CET

Van Basten hat-trick eliminates England

England 1-3 Netherlands
Marco van Basten's hat-trick helped the Dutch off the mark and into position to qualify, while condemning Bobby Robson's team to an early exit.

Marco van Basten's hat-trick earned the Netherlands a 3-1 victory against England in Dusseldorf.

Van Basten was only a substitute as the Dutch lost their Group 2 opener against the USSR, but here proved himself to be a lethal finisher worthy of a starting berth. England did not allow Rinus Michels' team to have it all their own way, however, initially drawing level through captain Bryan Robson having twice been denied by the woodwork in the first half. For the second successive game, though, they had nothing to show for their efforts.

With Trevor Steven sealing the right flank in Chris Waddle's place, and Glenn Hoddle still showing himself to be a hugely accomplished playmaker, Bobby Robson's team had the better shape. They were lacking in fortune, however, Gary Lineker hitting a post after dashing clear and Hoddle striking the frame of Hans van Breukelen's goal with a free-kick.

A minute from half-time they were made to pay. Ruud Gullit dispossessed Gary Stevens on the left-hand touch line and impudently crossed low to Van Basten, who trapped the ball superbly, bamboozled Tony Adams with a slick drag-back and finished past Peter Shilton, making his 100th international appearance.

Bryan Robson, putting in a characteristically all-action performance, drew England level eight minutes after the break. Having passed to Lineker, he burst into the penalty area with typical energy, received the ball back and dinked in off Van Breukelen's body.

The heart of England's defence was as brittle as their opponents', though, and buckled once again with 19 minutes left. Gullit threaded a crafty pass to Van Basten, who drove past Shilton. He completed his hat-trick shortly after, turning in at the back post after Willem Kieft had headed on Erwin Koeman's corner.

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