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Bergkamp strikes as Oranje edge out Scotland

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.07CET
Netherlands 1-0 Scotland
Dennis Bergkamp scored the only goal with 15 minutes to go as the holders made a sluggish start.
Bergkamp strikes as Oranje edge out Scotland
Dennis Bergkamp's goal proved decisive ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.07CET

Bergkamp strikes as Oranje edge out Scotland

Netherlands 1-0 Scotland
Dennis Bergkamp scored the only goal with 15 minutes to go as the holders made a sluggish start.

Dennis Bergkamp scored 15 minutes from time to settle the Netherlands' opening EURO '92 game against Scotland, but the holders' made heavy work of it.

Rinus Michels' side boasted a wealth of talent but showed their class only in flashes at Gothenburg's Ullevi Stadium until, from a corner on the left, Ruud Gullit moved the ball on and Frank Rijkaard's header invited Bergkamp to prod under goalkeeper Andy Goram from five metres out.

For all of the heavy footballing ammunition trained on them, Andy Roxburgh's Scotland never looked to be out of their depth in this Group B meeting. Netherlands keeper Hans van Breukelen may have had almost nothing to do for the duration of the game, but opposite number Goram was not exactly rushed off his feet either.

Richard Gough kept a tight rein on Marco van Basten, and Goram had only one meaningful save to make – from a fierce Rijkaard shot – until Bergkamp plundered the winning goal.

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