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Netherlands bite back to edge past France

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.10CET
France 2-3 Netherlands
Frank Rijkaard's men twice came from behind for a win that takes them above France in Group D.
Netherlands bite back to edge past France
Boudewijn Zenden is hugged after scoring the Netherlands' winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceNetherlands

Goals scored2
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.10CET

Netherlands bite back to edge past France

France 2-3 Netherlands
Frank Rijkaard's men twice came from behind for a win that takes them above France in Group D.

The Netherlands twice came from behind against a second string France to clinch top spot in Group D and set up a UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-final on home soil, against Yugoslavia in Rotterdam.

A little of the appeal of this eagerly-awaited clash had been lost by the fact both teams were already through after back-to-back wins, yet the pair put on a real spectacle. Christophe Dugarry and Patrick Kluivert exchanged early strikes, and while David Trezeguet restored France's lead, two goals in eight minutes early in the second half turned the game on its head.

Frank de Boer's thunderous free-kick made it 2-2, with Bernard Lama doing well even to get a hand to it as it veered away off Patrick Vieira. The fans in Amsterdam had barely returned to their seats when Boudewijn Zenden put the co-hosts in front, sweeping up when Sander Westerveld's long clearance eluded Kluivert and Frank Leboeuf.

That brought some atonement from Westerveld, deputising for the injured Edwin van der Sar, after he had started the game in innocuous fashion – his hesitancy following Johan Micoud's corner was punished by a firm Dugarry header. The Netherlands were level inside six minutes after Dennis Bergkamp's splendid long diagonal pass released Kluivert, Leboeuf appealing for offside in vain as the striker fired beyond Lama.

Suddenly the Oranje were on top. Marc Overmars threatened with two dangerous runs and Bergkamp poked wide after evading Marcel Desailly, the only member of France's first XI starting here. Then, after Zenden had made room for a cross, Bergkamp volleyed the ball into the ground, only to see it bounce onto the crossbar.

Yet another right-wing corner proved the Netherlands' undoing. Jaap Stam got his head to the ball this time, but his clearance went only as far as Sylvain Wiltord who drove it back with power. Trezeguet applied the slightest of flicks to loft the ball over the diving Westerveld.

The partisan crowd wanted more, expected more, and soon after the restart they got more courtesy of De Boer and Zenden. Not that France were ready to throw in the towel. Wiltord and Trezeguet both went close in an absorbing finale that saw Aron Winter come on for his 83rd cap, equalling Ruud Krol's Dutch record. Yet they could not avoid a first defeat in 14 games at a major tournament (discounting penalties) and Spain await in the quarter-finals.

Last updated: 17/01/12 13.20CET

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Lineups

France

France

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
LamaBernard Lama (GK)
22
WesterveldSander Westerveld (GK)
2
CandelaVincent Candela
3
StamJaap Stam
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira
Substitution90
Yellow Card90
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
Goal51
8
DesaillyMarcel Desailly (C)
Yellow Card75
5
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Goal59
11
PirèsRobert Pirès
7
CocuPhillip Cocu
Yellow Card85
13
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution80
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
Yellow Card81
14
MicoudJohan Micoud
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal14
Substitution60
18
LeboeufFrank Leboeuf
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Substitution78
19
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
11
OvermarsMarc Overmars
Substitution90
20
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
Goal31
15
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
21
DugarryChristophe Dugarry
Goal8
Yellow Card45
Substitution67
19
NumanArthur Numan

Substitutes

16
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
18
de GoeyEd de Goey (GK)
22
RaméUlrich Ramé (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
3
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
6
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
13
KontermanBert Konterman
6
DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
Substitution67
14
Van VossenPeter van Vossen
Substitution90
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps
Substitution90
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
9
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution80
20
WinterAron Winter
Substitution78
10
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
21
MakaayRoy Makaay
Substitution60
12
HenryThierry Henry
15
ThuramLilian Thuram

Coach

Roger Lemerre (FRA) Frank Rijkaard (NED)

Referee

Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant referees

Leif Lindberg (SWE), Sergio Zuccolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Markus Merk (GER)

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