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Second-half surge sends Netherlands top

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.45CET
Switzerland 0-2 Netherlands
Second-half goals from Jordi Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp were enough for Guus Hiddink's side to record their first victory and go top of Group A.
Second-half surge sends Netherlands top
Dennis Bergkamp is congratulated after scoring the second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwitzerlandNetherlands

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.45CET

Second-half surge sends Netherlands top

Switzerland 0-2 Netherlands
Second-half goals from Jordi Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp were enough for Guus Hiddink's side to record their first victory and go top of Group A.

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.

Last updated: 02/02/12 16.28CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
PascoloMarco Pascolo
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar
2
HottigerMarc Hottiger
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
3
QuentinYvan Quentin
3
BlindDanny Blind (C)
4
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
4
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Yellow Card14
Substitution26
9
GrassiMarco Grassi
Yellow Card72
6
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
Substitution80
10
SforzaCiriaco Sforza (C)
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Goal79
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat
Yellow Card40
11
HoekstraPeter Hoekstra
13
JeanneretSébastien Jeanneret
Yellow Card32
Substitution69
12
WinterAron Winter
14
TürkyilmazKübilay Türkyilmaz
Yellow Card62
14
WitschgeRichard Witschge
15
VegaRamon Vega
15
BogardeWinston Bogarde
17
VogelJohann Vogel
17
CruyffJordi Cruyff
Goal66
Substitution84

Substitutes

5
GeigerAlain Geiger
5
StamJaap Stam
7
FournierSébastien Fournier
7
TaumentGaston Taument
8
SylvestrePatrick Sylvestre
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
Substitution80
12
LehmannStephan Lehmann
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Substitution84
16
KollerMarcel Koller
13
NumanArthur Numan
18
RothenbühlerRégis Rothenbühler
16
de GoeyEd de Goey
19
SesaDavid Sesa
18
de KockJohan de Kock
Substitution26
20
ComisettiAlexandre Comisetti
Substitution69
19
MulderYouri Mulder
21
BonvinChristophe Bonvin
20
CocuPhillip Cocu
22
CorminboeufJoël Corminboeuf
21
HespRuud Hesp
22
VeldmanJohn Veldman

Coach

Artur Jorge Melo Teixeira (POR) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Atanas Ouzounov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL), Iordan Iordanov (BUL)

Fourth official

Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

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