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Spot-on Italy inflict more woe for Dutch

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.16CET
Italy 0-0 Netherlands (Italy win 3-1 on penalties)
The Oranje squandered two spot kicks in regulation time and three in the shoot-out as ten-man Italy won.
Spot-on Italy inflict more woe for Dutch
Italy's Francesco Toldo saves Paul Bosvelt's spot kick ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.16CET

Spot-on Italy inflict more woe for Dutch

Italy 0-0 Netherlands (Italy win 3-1 on penalties)
The Oranje squandered two spot kicks in regulation time and three in the shoot-out as ten-man Italy won.

The Netherlands were eliminated on penalties for the fourth time in five major tournaments as Italy advanced to a UEFA EURO 2000 final against France.

Frank de Boer and Patrick Kluivert had already missed spot kicks in normal time as the Oranje failed to break down an Azzurri team reduced to ten men after the 34th-minute dismissal of Gianluca Zambrotta.

Italy scored the first three penalties in the shoot-out through Luigi Di Biagio, Gianluca Pessotto and Francesco Totti, while De Boer and Jaap Stam both missed for the Netherlands. Kluivert scored and Paolo Maldini missed to restore Oranje hopes, but man of the match Francesco Toldo saved Paul Bosvelt's kick to confirm Italy as 3-1 winners.

Dino Zoff made two changes to the formula that provided quarter-final victory against Romania, with Di Biagio replacing the injured Antonio Conte and Totti making way for Alessandro Del Piero. Injury also forced counterpart Frank Rijkaard to make one switch, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst replacing Artur Numan at left-back.

The Netherlands served notice of their attacking threat as early as the third minute when Dennis Bergkamp's lob put Phillip Cocu through on goal, but he could only prod over. Bergkamp struck the post after letting fly from the right. It was looking good for the Oranje, even better when Zambrotta received a second yellow card and then, four minutes later, a final place seemed theirs for the taking when Alessandro Nesta held back Kluivert. Toldo dived to his left to divert De Boer's penalty behind, however – a sign of things to come.

Despite their numerical inferiority, Italy adopted a bolder approach as Stefano Fiore and Del Piero both had sighters at goal and the Netherlands were finding it hard to impose their rhythm. They could not fail to make use of the space afforded them, though, and another fine passing move concluded with Edgar Davids going down under Iuliano's challenge.

Kluivert hit the post from the resulting penalty and despite constant pressure, hopeful efforts from Van Bronckhorst, Marc Overmars and substitute Clarence Seedorf were all they could muster as the tie drifted into extra time. They were almost hit by a golden goal sucker punch, and it needed sharp reactions from Van Der Sar to deny Marco Delvecchio with his feet.

By then Aron Winter had entered the fray for a Dutch record 84th cap – this would not be a momentous day for the Netherlands, though.

Last updated: 17/01/12 9.52CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Netherlands

Netherlands

12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo
Yellow Card38
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
Yellow Card45
3
StamJaap Stam
Yellow Card93 ET
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Substitution77
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
5
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Yellow Card28
Substitution77
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution67
7
CocuPhillip Cocu
Substitution95 ET
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
Yellow Card50
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
Yellow Card87
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Substitution86
15
IulianoMark Iuliano
Yellow Card16
11
OvermarsMarc Overmars
17
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Red/Yellow Card34
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
Yellow Card75
18
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution83
15
BosveltPaul Bosvelt

Substitutes

1
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati
18
de GoeyEd de Goey
22
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli
22
WesterveldSander Westerveld
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
6
NegroPaolo Negro
6
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution86
7
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
13
KontermanBert Konterman
8
ConteAntonio Conte
14
Van VossenPeter van Vossen
Substitution77
11
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
Substitution77
16
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
16
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
19
MontellaVincenzo Montella
19
NumanArthur Numan
20
TottiFrancesco Totti
Substitution83
20
WinterAron Winter
Substitution95 ET
21
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio
Substitution67
21
MakaayRoy Makaay

Coach

Dino Zoff (ITA) Frank Rijkaard (NED)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Kurt Ertl (GER), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

José María Garcia-aranda Encinar (ESP)

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