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Oranje floored as Šmicer completes comeback

Published: Sunday 20 June 2004, 0.53CET
Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic
The Czechs came back from 2-0 down to qualify for the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion in Aveiro.
Oranje floored as Šmicer completes comeback
Vladimír Šmicer (right) celebrates with Tomáš Rosický and Pavel Nedvěd after scoring the winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsCzech Republic

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target10
 
11
Attempts off target3
 
8
Corners6
 
7
Fouls committed24
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:58 CET

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Published: Sunday 20 June 2004, 0.53CET

Oranje floored as Šmicer completes comeback

Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic
The Czechs came back from 2-0 down to qualify for the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion in Aveiro.

In one of the most exciting encounters in UEFA European Championship history, the Czech Republic came from 2-0 down to clinch victory with two minutes remaining, Vladimír Šmicer hitting the winner after John Heitinga had been sent off for the Netherlands.

Dick Advocaat's side were in control after Wilfred Bouma and Ruud van Nistelrooy had put them two goals to the good inside 20 minutes. Yet in an open match Jan Koller replied swiftly and after Milan Baroš's 73rd-minute equaliser and Heitinga's dismissal the stage was set for Šmicer to apply the coup de grace.

The game was an open affair from the start and Koller might have scored as early as the first minute, volleying Tomáš Rosický's clever chip over the bar. Moments later Marek Jankulovski broke through only to misfire from 15 metres, so it was against the run play that the Netherlands took a fourth-minute lead, Bouma nodding in Arjen Robben's free-kick.

Clarence Seedorf twice went close to doubling the lead, grazing the outside of the post from a free-kick, but the pressure told on 19 minutes when Van Nistelrooy pounced on Robben's low cross to make it 2-0.

Just as the match was assuming a distinctly orange hue Baroš intercepted Phillip Cocu's square pass, raced into the Dutch area and teed up Koller to finish. Yet the first half ended with the Czechs on the back foot, as rasping drives by Seedorf and Heitinga flew fractionally over and Edgar Davids struck the woodwork.

Robben spread panic throughout, but the winger was substituted early in the second period. Meanwhile Marek Heinz, scorer of the winner against Latvia, came on to set up a chance for Šmicer, who was denied by the flying Edwin van der Saar. The goalkeeper had no chance, however, when Koller chested down Pavel Nedvěd's cross and Baroš blasted in the equaliser.

At the other end Petr Čech saved with his legs from Andy van der Meyde but 15 minutes from time Heitinga received a second caution for a second foul on Nedvěd. Ten-man Oranje were relieved when Nedvěd rattled the bar from 20 metres but it was only postponing their fate; sealed by Šmicer's close-range strike.

Last updated: 19/09/12 3.47CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
3
StamJaap Stam
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
Substitution25
4
BoumaWilfred Bouma
Goal4
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
Yellow Card55
Substitution62
5
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
6
CocuPhillip Cocu (C)
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution79
9
KollerJan Koller
Goal23
Substitution75
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal19
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd (C)
18
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
Yellow Card26
Red Card75
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
19
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution59
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Goal71
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Yellow Card9
Substitution86
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši

Substitutes

13
WesterveldSander Westerveld (GK)
16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
23
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
23
KinskýAntonín Kinský (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
Substitution79
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution25
Goal88
11
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution86
18
HeinzMarek Heinz
Substitution62
21
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
Substitution59
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
Substitution75
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
3
MarešPavel Mareš
12
MakaayRoy Makaay
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
14
SneijderWesley Sneijder
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
15
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
16
OvermarsMarc Overmars
19
TýceRoman Týce
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
22
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

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