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Dutch oust England in epic shoot-out

Published: Thursday 21 June 2007, 0.55CET
Netherlands 1-1 England (aet, Netherlands win 13-12 on pens) Gianni Zuiverloon's spot-kick settled a dramatic semi-final in favour of the hosts and holders.
by Michael Harrold
from Abe Lenstra
Dutch oust England in epic shoot-out
Netherlands keeper Boy Waterman leads the celebrations ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsEngland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target15
 
1
Corners9
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Thursday 21 June 2007, 0.55CET

Dutch oust England in epic shoot-out

Netherlands 1-1 England (aet, Netherlands win 13-12 on pens) Gianni Zuiverloon's spot-kick settled a dramatic semi-final in favour of the hosts and holders.

The Netherlands returned to the final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the second year running following a thrilling 13-12 victory on penalties against England after their semi-final had finished 1-1 after extra time.

Zuiverloon winner
In total 32 spot-kicks were needed to decide the tie which eventually went the way of the hosts and holders when, almost three hours after kick-off, local SC Heerenveen hero Gianni Zuiverloon fired the winning conversion low to the right of Scott Carson. Six players from each side were forced to take two penalties during an epic contest that set the record for most goals scored in a UEFA competition match as well as most in a shoot-out.

England heart
For Netherlands coach Foppe de Haan, it cancelled out bitter memories of losing 10-9 on spot-kicks to Nigeria in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup two years ago, yet it was rough justice on an England team who had battled bravely throughout and played the additional half-hour with ten men after Nedum Onuoha had limped off injured. Maceo Rigters earlier saved the Jong Oranje with a thrilling overhead kick in the last minute to cancel out Leroy Lita's first-half strike for England, setting up a rousing finale and a final against Serbia in Groningen on Saturday.

Compact
England manager Stuart Pearce had welcomed back Ashley Young from suspension but otherwise kept the side that defeated Serbia in their final Group B game. De Haan had spoken of exploiting space between the England defence and midfield, but they made little headway through the middle as Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Noble plugged the gap diligently. The Netherlands were finding more joy on the wings with Royston Drenthe and Daniël de Ridder increasingly influential.

Lita strike
Their shooting, though, was wayward and both Zuiverloon and De Ridder missed the target in quick succession when well placed. The Netherlands were assuming command and ought to have gone ahead on 24 minutes. Ryan Babel collected Rigters' flick only to shoot tamely at Carson with just the keeper to beat. England had few chances yet when one finally came their way on 39 minutes, they took it. Lita outmuscled Ron Vlaar to get to David Nugent's header and drove low via the hands of Boy Waterman for his third goal of the tournament.

Young run
Young's wing play had been England's most threatening outlet and he nearly burst through three minutes after the restart. Vlaar was booked for halting the forward's surge and from the free-kick, Lita crashed a shot off the post. Nonetheless, England soon closed ranks. Hedwiges Maduro's powerful attempt on 58 minutes was palmed away by Carson and only Steven Taylor's sprawling block kept out Rigters' effort on the rebound.

Rigters delivers
The Dutch were forcing the pace and the pressure was intense. Taylor somehow prevented Babel's low shot from deflecting in, then with five minutes to play Rigters blazed wide from the edge of the area. Home hopes appeared to have gone with that miss yet the Jong Oranje continued pushing forward and with a minute remaining, they drew level. With Taylor down injured in the area, Ryan Donk crossed for Rigters to acrobatically score his third goal of the championship with an overhead kick.

Brave Lions
England had used all three substitutions so Taylor played on in extra time despite clearly feeling effects of his injury. He hobbled into midfield, with Anton Ferdinand, a second-half replacement, slotting into central defence. Worse followed when Onuoha went off with what looked like a groin problem leaving England down to ten men. The mini-break came as sweet relief to Pearce's tiring side although the Netherlands were soon back on the attack. An unmarked Tim Janssen headed over, Drenthe shot wide but England somehow hung on, only to suffer the heartache of the most painful shoot-out defeat.

Last updated: 28/09/14 1.40CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

England

England

1
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
1
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
2
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon
2
HoyteJustin Hoyte
3
VlaarRon Vlaar (C)
Yellow Card48
Substitution66
3
BainesLeighton Baines
Substitution46
5
PietersErik Pieters
Substitution76
4
TaylorSteven Taylor
6
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
7
Reo-CokerNigel Reo-Coker (C)
Yellow Card81
8
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
10
NugentDavid Nugent
Substitution78
9
BabelRyan Babel
11
YoungAshley Young
11
De RidderDaniël de Ridder
15
MilnerJames Milner
Yellow Card115 ET
13
RigtersMaceo Rigters
Goal89
16
LitaLeroy Lita
Goal39
Substitution87
18
DonkRyan Donk
18
NobleMark Noble
Yellow Card76
22
BakkalOtman Bakkal
Substitution58
20
OnuohaNedum Onuoha

Substitutes

16
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
13
HartJoe Hart (GK)
23
KrulTim Krul (GK)
22
AlnwickBen Alnwick (GK)
4
KruiswijkArnold Kruiswijk
Substitution66
5
FerdinandAnton Ferdinand
Substitution87
7
JennerJulian Jenner
6
CahillGary Cahill
12
BruinsLuigi Bruins
9
RichardsonKieran Richardson
14
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution58
12
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
15
SchilderRobbert Schilder
14
RoseniorLiam Rosenior
Substitution46
17
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
19
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution78
Yellow Card120 ET
19
Jong-A-PinCalvin Jong-A-Pin
21
VaughanJames Vaughan
20
JanssenTim Janssen
Substitution76
23
WhittinghamPeter Whittingham
21
Van der StruijkFrank van der Struijk

Coach

Foppe de Haan (NED) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution