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Dutch have to dig deep

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.30CET
Netherlands 3-1 Austria Second-half changes give home side the impetus they needed to secure success.

Match statistics

NetherlandsAustria

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.30CET

Dutch have to dig deep

Netherlands 3-1 Austria Second-half changes give home side the impetus they needed to secure success.

The Netherlands joined the Czech Republic at the top of qualifying Group 3 after battling to a home victory against Austria.

Showdown match
It was a hard-fought victory in Rotterdam, with half-time substitutions finally helping Dick Advocaat's men secure victory through goals from Rafael van der Vaart, Patrick Kluivert and Phillip Cocu. The Dutch have moved on to 16 points, the same number as the Czechs, with the teams meeting in Prague on Wednesday for a match that will in all probability determine who goes automatically to Portugal and who has to enter the play-offs.

Slow start
The Dutch started in slow fashion tonight, despite the home support's hopes of an aggressive opening, especially considering what was at stake for a side that failed to reach last year's FIFA World Cup finals. As such, there was considerable relief when AFC Ajax starlet Van der Vaart received a pass from Kluivert and fired a left-foot shot into the top corner past keeper Thomas Mandl. However, the lead was not to last for long.

Half-time changes
A mistake from Edwin van der Sar in the Dutch goal allowed Emmanuel Pogatetz to score from close range just three minutes later. Advocaat was not happy at half-time and replaced Edgar Davids and Boudewijn Zenden with Marc Overmars and Pierre van Hooijdonk. The change gave the team more focus and allowed for greater use of the wings.

Austria out
The home team took the lead again in the 60th minute through FC Barcelona man Kluivert's well-taken goal, after being sent clear by Mark van Bommel, before his club-mate Cocu wrapped up the win with a header from Overmars' corner two minutes later. Van der Sar then made amends for his part in Austria's goal by making a brilliant save from Markus Schopp's effort in the 74th minute. Despite a flurry of late changes, Austria could not get back into the contest and realised their dreams of making it to Portugal were over.

Mixed reaction
Austria coach Hans Krankl said: "We had too much respect for the Dutch and we couldn't change this attitude. If ever we had a chance to get a win or a draw against Holland it was tonight." Advocaat, the Dutch coach, was satisfied with victory but warned it would be a harder prospect in Prague. "If we play like this on Wednesday [against the Czech Republic] it will be very tough."

Last updated: 30/03/04 17.19CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Austria

Austria

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar
1
MandlThomas Mandl
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
2
HidenMartin Hiden
3
StamJaap Stam
3
EhmannAnton Ehmann
Yellow Card73
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
4
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
5
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution46
5
DospelErnst Dospel
6
CocuPhillip Cocu
Goal62
6
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution71
7
SchoppMarkus Schopp
8
Van BommelMark van Bommel
8
FlögelThomas Flögel
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal60
9
GliederEdi Glieder
Substitution65
10
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
10
IvanschitzAndreas Ivanschitz
11
DavidsEdgar Davids
Substitution46
11
KollmannRoland Kollmann
Substitution65

Substitutes

16
WaterreusRonald Waterreus
12
GoriuppRoland Goriupp
12
OvermarsMarc Overmars
Substitution46
15
KirchlerRoland Kirchler
Substitution65
13
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution71
16
DollingerMatthias Dollinger
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
Substitution46
17
HaasMario Haas
Substitution65
14
OoijerAndré Ooijer
13
HieblingerMario Hieblinger
15
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
14
WagnerMichael Wagner
18
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
18
WallnerRoman Wallner

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Johann Hans Krankl (AUT)

Referee

Eric Poulat (FRA)

Assistant referees

Nelly Viennot (FRA), Daniel Bequignat (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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