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Schmeichel helps Denmark down Netherlands

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.54CET
Netherlands 2-2 Denmark (aet, Denmark win 5-4 on penalties)
Peter Schmeichel saved Marco van Basten's spot kick to send Denmark through to a final against Germany.
Schmeichel helps Denmark down Netherlands
Denmark's Kim Christofte celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in their semi-final against the Netherlands ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.54CET

Schmeichel helps Denmark down Netherlands

Netherlands 2-2 Denmark (aet, Denmark win 5-4 on penalties)
Peter Schmeichel saved Marco van Basten's spot kick to send Denmark through to a final against Germany.

Peter Schmeichel was the hero of Denmark's EURO '92 semi-final success against the Netherlands, denying Marco van Basten in the shoot-out after keeping out a Bryan Roy effort in extra time.

The Manchester United FC goalkeeper got down to his left to fend away Van Basten's effort. Although the holders converted their other four penalties, Kim Christofte put away the fifth for Denmark – only in the tournament as emergency replacements for Yugoslavia – as they completed a miraculous journey to the final, where world champions Germany lay in wait.

Brian Laudrup's pinpoint cross had been headed in at close range by Henrik Larsen after just five minutes, but Frank Rijkaard set up Dennis Bergkamp to level midway through the first half with a delicate shot into the bottom corner. Denmark were back in front within ten minutes. Headers by Kim Vilfort, Laudrup and Ronald Koeman sent the ball out to Larsen on the edge of the penalty area, and his shot found the far corner.

Denmark largely controlled the game thereafter, even after the impressive Henrik Andersen, having already picked up a booking that would have kept him out of any final, suffered a sickening injury by cracking his knee cap. He would be out for 11 months and made just once more international appearance, in 1994.

The underdogs looked set to hold out when Rijkaard scored four minutes from time following Ruud Gullit's glancing header. The extra half-hour was an eternity for Denmark, with Schmeichel notably denying Roy from close range. The keeper would be a hero again before the night was out.

Last updated: 24/01/12 11.46CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Denmark

Denmark

1
Van BreukelenHans van Breukelen (GK)
1
SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel (GK)
3
Van TiggelenAdri van Tiggelen
2
SivebækJohn Sivebæk
4
KoemanRonald Koeman
4
OlsenLars Olsen (C)
6
WoutersJan Wouters
5
AndersenHenrik Andersen
Yellow Card15
Substitution70
7
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Goal23
6
ChristofteKim Christofte
8
RijkaardFrank Rijkaard
Yellow Card42
Goal86
7
JensenJohn Faxe Jensen
9
Van BastenMarco van Basten
9
PovlsenFlemming Povlsen
10
GullitRuud Gullit (C)
11
LaudrupBrian Laudrup
Substitution57
14
WitschgeRob Witschge
12
PiechnikTorben Piechnik
17
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
Substitution46
13
LarsenHenrik Larsen
Goal5
Goal33
20
RoyBryan Roy
Substitution115 ET
18
VilfortKim Vilfort

Substitutes

2
Van AerleBerry van Aerle
3
NielsenKent Nielsen
5
BlindDanny Blind
8
MølbyJohnny Mølby
11
Van 't SchipJohn van 't Schip
Substitution115 ET
10
ElstrupLars Elstrup
Substitution57
12
KieftWim Kieft
Substitution46
14
FrankTorben Frank
13
MenzoStanley Menzo (GK)
16
KroghMogens Krogh (GK)
15
WinterAron Winter
17
ChristiansenClaus Christiansen
Substitution70
16
BoszPeter Bosz
19
NielsenPeter Nielsen
18
JonkWim Jonk
20
BruunMorten Bruun
19
ViscaalErik Viscaal

Coach

Rinus Michels (NED) Richard Møller-nielsen (DEN)

Referee

S. Aladran (ESP)

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