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Rigters sends hosts into last four

Published: Thursday 14 June 2007, 0.40CET
Netherlands 2-1 Portugal Maceo Rigters scored the decisive goal as the hosts became the first team to advance to the semi-finals.
by Michael Harrold
from Euroborg

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Match statistics

NetherlandsPortugal

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners3
 
1
Fouls committed24
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A NED / ISR / POR / BEL(Host country: Netherlands)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Netherlands Netherlands22003126
Belgium Belgium21101014
Portugal Portugal201112-11
Israel Israel200202-20
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Thursday 14 June 2007, 0.40CET

Rigters sends hosts into last four

Netherlands 2-1 Portugal Maceo Rigters scored the decisive goal as the hosts became the first team to advance to the semi-finals.

With senior Netherlands coach Marco van Basten looking on from the stands the hosts turned on the style to defeat Portugal 2-1 and become the first side to progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Drive and vigour
Van Basten would have liked what he saw as Foppe de Haan's Jong Oranje played with a drive and vigour missing from their victory against Israel four days earlier. Goals in each half from Ryan Babel, a penalty, and Maceo Rigters and another commanding performance from Royston Drenthe made sure of the points, though a near capacity crowd in the Euroborg were made to sweat for victory after Miguel Veloso pulled a goal back late on. While the Netherlands can now dream of the Olympics, Portugal must beat Israel on Saturday to have a chance of avoiding an early exit for the second year running.

Drenthe impresses
It was safety first for Portugal coach José Couceiro who had clearly picked Drenthe out as the Dutch dangerman. He made three changes from the side that had drawn with Belgium, and two of the new faces, Amoreirinha and Ruben Amorim, came in on the right in a bid to contain the Feyenoord player. Drenthe, though, simply picked up from where he left off against Israel. Amoreirinha was booked for bringing him down in the fifth minute before Drenthe crossed to Ryan Donk who, just as Babel had done against Israel, contrived to shoot over when it looked easier to score.

Exhilarating
Belgium's victory against Israel earlier in the evening had added to the pressure on Portugal who enjoyed plenty of possession without creating any end product. In contrast, the Netherlands attacked with purpose with Drenthe the driving force. On 27 minutes the 20-year-old blazed over after another exhilarating forward dash and it seemed a goal could not be long in coming.

Babel scores
It duly arrived six minutes later. Babel fed Rigters on the right and the striker was brought down by goalkeeper Paulo Ribeiro. Babel drilled in the spot-kick to bring the Netherlands their reward. The substitution of Boy Waterman, who was suffering from a back injury, for Kenneth Vermeer, the Netherlands goalkeeper when they won this competition last year, briefly slowed Dutch momentum, but De Haan's side were soon back in full flow. Otman Bakkal slipped the ball to Rigters who shot against the post two minutes before the break.

Moutinho subdued
Bakkal had replaced the injured Ismaïl Aissati, who will play no further part in the competition because of a torn meniscus, but the PSV Eindhoven player's absence was not felt in the first half against a Portugal side that showed little urgency until after the break. Vermeer was soon forced into saves from Hugo Almeida and Veloso, but when Couceiro was sent to the stands for persistent complaining on 63 minutes it only served to rouse the home crowd.

Rigters strikes
Portugal were increasingly forcing the holders back and were unlucky not to draw level on 72 minutes. Semedo's shot deflected off Vlaar, but Vermeer showed great reflexes to save. Three minutes later the Netherlands appeared to make the game safe when Rigters turned in Drenthe's low cross. Veloso's superb free-kick with 13 minutes to play, however, set up a tense finale which brought plenty of drama but no further goals.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.37CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Portugal

Portugal

1
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
Substitution34
1
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
2
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon
2
AmoreirinhaAmoreirinha
Yellow Card5
Substitution46
3
VlaarRon Vlaar (C)
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Goal77
Yellow Card88
6
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
5
SemedoSemedo
7
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution46
8
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution81
8
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Yellow Card89
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida (C)
9
BabelRyan Babel
Goal33
10
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
13
RigtersMaceo Rigters
Goal75
15
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution57
18
DonkRyan Donk
18
NaniNani
19
Jong-A-PinCalvin Jong-A-Pin
Yellow Card61
Substitution78
21
AntunesAntunes
22
BakkalOtman Bakkal
22
Manuel da CostaManuel da Costa

Substitutes

16
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
Substitution34
12
Ricardo BatistaRicardo Batista (GK)
23
KrulTim Krul (GK)
23
João BotelhoJoão Botelho (GK)
4
KruiswijkArnold Kruiswijk
3
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+3
5
PietersErik Pieters
Substitution78
6
OrganistaOrganista
11
De RidderDaniël de Ridder
7
Filipe OliveiraFilipe Oliveira
12
BruinsLuigi Bruins
11
GonçalvesJosé Gonçalves
14
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution46
13
RolandoRolando
15
SchilderRobbert Schilder
14
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
17
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
16
MoreiraJoão Moreira
20
JanssenTim Janssen
17
Ricardo Vaz TéRicardo Vaz Té
21
Van der StruijkFrank van der Struijk
19
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution57
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Substitution81

Coach

Foppe de Haan (NED) José Couceiro (POR)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Tomislav Petrović (CRO)

Fourth official

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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