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De Boer on the spot as Oranje leave it late

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.42CET
Netherlands 1-0 Czech Republic
Frank de Boer converted a last-minute penalty as the co-hosts began with an unconvincing win.
De Boer on the spot as Oranje leave it late
Netherlands captain Frank de Boer scored from the spot ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsCzech Republic

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.42CET

De Boer on the spot as Oranje leave it late

Netherlands 1-0 Czech Republic
Frank de Boer converted a last-minute penalty as the co-hosts began with an unconvincing win.

Frank de Boer blasted in a penalty a minute from time as UEFA EURO 2000 co-hosts the Netherlands began their campaign with an unconvincing victory over the Czech Republic in Amsterdam.

De Boer kept his cool to send Pavel Srníček the wrong way after brother Ronald was brought down by Jiří Němec as he attempted to meet a cross from fellow substitute Marc Overmars. It earned a somewhat fortuitous Group D triumph for the Oranje against a Czech side twice denied by the woodwork, their frustrations compounded by the dismissal of Radoslav Látal, who had earlier been replaced, for dissent from the bench.

Both teams started slowly with the accent on patient probing and passing, and only Edgar Davids, living up to his 'Pitbull' sobriquet, injected any real urgency. His direct run after four minutes ended with a tumble and soon after his powerful drive deflected wide for the game's first corner. The Netherlands' second corner produced the first real opening, with Dennis Bergkamp seizing on a poor clearance to fire in a curling shot; Srníček gathered at the second attempt.

The Czech No1 was soon besieged, brilliantly parrying Patrick Kluivert's effort after an excellent turn and shot, then blocking as Boudewijn Zenden followed up – he had earned his luck as the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and over. The Netherlands had found their passing range and were exerting complete control. They came close again when Bergkamp's low drive went across the face of goal and narrowly wide.

Despite their continued dominance, the chances dried up for the Oranje and slowly but surely their opponents made inroads. Vladimír Šmicer and Pavel Nedvěd were at the heart of the revival and the duo combined well with Jan Koller on 44 minutes. The move culminated with Nedvěd sending a searing strike – his side's only one of the half – narrowly wide.

That proved a sign of things to come as Jozef Chovanec's men began to dominate. Koller's close-range effort was superbly saved by Edwin van der Sar, though he could do nothing when Nedvěd's powerful header crashed back off the upright following Jiří Němec's cross before rolling into the keeper's hands on the goal line. The woodwork was still shaking when Koller's header smacked off the crossbar.

The Netherlands hung on, allowing Frank de Boer to steal it at the death.

Last updated: 18/01/12 16.30CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
SrníčekPavel Srníček (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka
Yellow Card66
3
StamJaap Stam
Substitution75
3
LátalRadoslav Látal
Substitution70
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
Yellow Card36
Goal89
4
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Yellow Card22
Substitution89
5
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution78
7
NěmecJiří Němec (C)
6
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution57
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Yellow Card48
7
CocuPhillip Cocu
10
KollerJan Koller
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
11
RosickýTomáš Rosický
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
17
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution83
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
19
RadaKarel Rada
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
Yellow Card89
21
GabrielPetr Gabriel

Substitutes

18
de GoeyEd de Goey (GK)
16
MaierLadislav Maier (GK)
22
WesterveldSander Westerveld (GK)
22
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
11
OvermarsMarc Overmars
Substitution78
9
KukaPavel Kuka
Substitution83
13
KontermanBert Konterman
Substitution75
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
Substitution89
14
Van VossenPeter van Vossen
13
BejblRadek Bejbl
Substitution70
15
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
5
FukalMilan Fukal
16
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
Substitution57
6
VlčekPetr Vlček
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
14
HorváthPavel Horváth
19
NumanArthur Numan
15
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
20
WinterAron Winter
18
NovotnýJiří Novotný
21
MakaayRoy Makaay

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) Jozef Chovanec (CZE)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Sergio Zuccolini (ITA), Turgay Gudu (TUR)

Fourth official

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

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