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Jong Oranje clinch European crown

Published: Sunday 24 June 2007, 0.58CET
Netherlands 4-1 Serbia
The 2007 hosts claimed the European title for the second year running after overcoming ten-man Serbia.
by Michael Harrold
from Euroborg

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Match statistics

NetherlandsSerbia

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners8
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Published: Sunday 24 June 2007, 0.58CET

Jong Oranje clinch European crown

Netherlands 4-1 Serbia
The 2007 hosts claimed the European title for the second year running after overcoming ten-man Serbia.

Twelve months after winning the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time, the Netherlands retained the trophy in style with a 4-1 win against Serbia in Groningen.

'Foppe'
Cries of "Foppe de Haan" rang round the Euroborg after goals from Otman Bakkal, Ryan Babel, Maceo Rigters and Luigi Bruins ensured victory, though an entertaining game was only made safe after Aleksandar Kolarov had been dismissed for a second bookable offence two minutes past the hour. The scoreline was tough on Serbia, who impressed throughout the competition less than a year after being granted full UEFA membership. But this was the Netherlands' night, and in particular that of De Haan. Before he was appointed coach in 2004 the Netherlands had never won a UEFA competition at youth or U21 level. Now winning has become a habit.

Sense of occasion
After a fortnight of heavy rain, the fiercest downpour was fittingly saved for the final and the ball skimmed quickly off the surface as lightning flashed overhead. A sizeable and vocal Serbian contingent for once gave the home support some competition and the match a sense of occasion an enjoyable tournament merited. De Haan has rebuilt his side from scratch since winning the tournament last year and none of the eleven who started here had begun last year's final in Porto.

Irrepressible Drenthe
The irrepressible Royston Drenthe has become the symbol of this new team and he was soon into the thick of the action. On nine minutes he was booked for a late challenge on Antonio Rukavina, then turned Rigters' cross over the bar. The Netherlands were beginning to edge possession and they went ahead on 17 minutes. Daniël de Ridder, the sole survivor from the side that beat Ukraine in the final last year when he was a substitute, scooped a high ball into Bakkal who held off Rukavina to shoot beyond Damir Kahriman.

Netherlands control
Serbia hit back with Dušan Basta and Boško Janković creating chances from both wings, but the Netherlands had the clearer openings. On 22 minutes Bakkal wriggled free and crossed to De Ridder who shot over with the goal gaping. FC Groningen defender Arnold Kruiswijk, at his home ground, made light of the absence of injured captain Ron Vlaar as the Netherlands approached half-time in command. Their good work, though, was nearly undone on 35 minutes when Boy Waterman came for and missed Kolarov's right-wing free-kick. Dutch anxiety gave way to relief as the ball bounced back off the post to safety.

Serbia press
Seconds after the restart Waterman made amends. Basta pounced on hesitancy from Erik Pieters and released a quick shot that the sprawling goalkeeper palmed away. Serbia had stepped up a gear and suddenly the Netherlands did not look so assured. De Haan was quickly off the bench, umbrella in hand, to voice his displeasure and his anger rose soon after when De Ridder's loose pass let in Kolarov. He pulled the ball back for Janković who could only shoot tamely at Waterman. Serbia were made to pay for that miss on the hour, De Ridder crossing low into the centre where Babel swept into the net, and their problems were compounded two minutes later when Kolorav was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Babel.

Rigters relish
Worse was to come, Rigters rounding Kahriman to score his fourth goal of the competition on 67 minutes. It equalled Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s mark last year and ensured he finished as the tournament's leading scorer. Kahriman restored some pride for Serbia when he kept out Babel's 71st-minute penalty and Dragan Mrdja raised spirits further when he headed in with eleven minutes to play. It was nowhere near enough to temper Dutch delight, however, which increased still further when substitute Bruins added the fourth late on.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.35CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Serbia

Serbia

1
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
1
KahrimanDamir Kahriman (GK)
2
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović (C)
Yellow Card62
4
KruiswijkArnold Kruiswijk
3
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
Yellow Card89
5
PietersErik Pieters
Substitution89
6
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card28
Red Card62
6
MaduroHedwiges Maduro (C)
7
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić
8
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Yellow Card9
Substitution78
8
JankovićBoško Janković
9
BabelRyan Babel
Goal60
Penalty71
9
RakićDjordje Rakić
Substitution73
11
De RidderDaniël de Ridder
10
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
13
RigtersMaceo Rigters
Goal67
Substitution69
11
TošićDuško Tošić
Yellow Card43
18
DonkRyan Donk
13
DrinčićNikola Drinčić
Substitution65
22
BakkalOtman Bakkal
Goal17
19
BastaDušan Basta
Substitution73

Substitutes

16
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
23
KesićAleksandar Kesić (GK)
23
KrulTim Krul (GK)
4
RnićNemanja Rnić
3
VlaarRon Vlaar
5
KačarGojko Kačar
7
JennerJulian Jenner
14
BabovićStefan Babović
Substitution73
12
BruinsLuigi Bruins
Substitution69
Goal87
15
PavlovićPredrag Pavlović
14
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution78
Yellow Card89
16
IveljaDjordje Ivelja
15
SchilderRobbert Schilder
18
MrdjaDragan Mrdja
Substitution73
Goal79
Yellow Card82
17
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
20
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković
19
Jong-A-PinCalvin Jong-A-Pin
Substitution89
21
TošićZoran Tošić
Substitution65
20
JanssenTim Janssen
22
PetkovićNikola Petković
21
Van der StruijkFrank van der Struijk

Coach

Foppe de Haan (NED) Miroslav Djukic (SRB)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)

Fourth official

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

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