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France reach last four after shoot-out success

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.09CET
France 0-0 Netherlands (France win 5-4 on penalties)
Aimé Jacquet's side rode their luck at times but produced a fine defensive display to extend their unbeaten run to 27 matches and reach the last four.
France reach last four after shoot-out success
Youri Djorkaeff could not break down the Netherlands ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceNetherlands

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.09CET

France reach last four after shoot-out success

France 0-0 Netherlands (France win 5-4 on penalties)
Aimé Jacquet's side rode their luck at times but produced a fine defensive display to extend their unbeaten run to 27 matches and reach the last four.

Stout defence, tactical acumen and a fair slice of luck earned France a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory against the Netherlands and a place in the semi-finals.

While Aimé Jacquet's men were brimming with confidence having topped Group B and extended their unbeaten run to 26 matches, the Dutch were still coming to terms with their 4-1 defeat by England only four days earlier. Les Bleus, though, remained reliant on a superb back line which seldom looked likely to be breached during 120 minutes of goalless action. Penalties were required and it was France who held their nerve, Clarence Seedorf the man whose saved spot kick proved decisive.

With the stakes so high and the two defences so wily, it was little surprise that such a cautious opening unfolded at Anfield. Indeed the only two clear-cut openings of the first half were shared by either side, Ronald de Boer heading wide from a Dutch corner and Christian Karembeu shooting recklessly over the bar for the French.

Both coaches sent for the cavalry around the hour mark, Seedorf and Christophe Dugarry the players brought into the action, but it was not until extra time was in sight that the match finally sparked into life. Phillip Cocu went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock on 84 minutes but his deflected free-kick spun narrowly wide after brushing a post. There was still time for an even better opportunity, though, Seedorf kept out by Bernard Lama's splendid stop having been sent clean through by Youri Mulder.

France looked the more committed to grabbing the golden goal but could find no way past the indomitable Edwin van der Sar until it came to spot kicks. Each team had scored three apiece by the time Seedorf was denied by Lama, with Vincent Guérin making no such mistake to leave France on the brink. Laurent Blanc stumbled as he struck his shot but it was accurate enough and France were through.

Last updated: 15/02/12 18.13CET

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Lineups

France

France

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
LamaBernard Lama (GK)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
6
GuérinVincent Guérin
3
BlindDanny Blind (C)
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps (C)
Yellow Card7
6
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
8
DesaillyMarcel Desailly
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Yellow Card89
9
DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Substitution60
10
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
14
WitschgeRichard Witschge
Substitution80
11
LokoPatrice Loko
Substitution61
15
BogardeWinston Bogarde
Yellow Card90
12
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
17
CruyffJordi Cruyff
Substitution69
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
18
de KockJohan de Kock
Yellow Card68
19
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
Yellow Card48
20
CocuPhillip Cocu

Substitutes

2
AnglomaJocelyn Angloma
4
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution60
3
Di MecoEric Di Meco
5
StamJaap Stam
4
LeboeufFrank Leboeuf
7
TaumentGaston Taument
13
DugarryChristophe Dugarry
Substitution61
Substitution80
11
HoekstraPeter Hoekstra
14
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
12
WinterAron Winter
Substitution69
16
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
13
NumanArthur Numan
17
MadarMickaël Madar
16
de GoeyEd de Goey (GK)
18
PedrosReynald Pedros
Substitution80
19
MulderYouri Mulder
Substitution80
20
RocheAlain Roche
21
HespRuud Hesp (GK)
21
MartinsCorentin Martins
22
VeldmanJohn Veldman
22
MartiniBruno Martini (GK)

Coach

Aimé Jacquet (FRA) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Antonio Jesus Lopez Nieto (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Manuel Lopez Fernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Juan Ansuategui Roca (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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