Final tournament - Group stage (Group D ) - 23/06/2004 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time) - Estádio Municipal de Braga - Braga
3-0
 

Netherlands - Latvia 3-0 - 23/06/2004 - Match page - UEFA EURO 2004

 
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Newcomers' debut Dutch clash

Published: Sunday 11 April 2004, 15.35CET
Match 23, 23/06, 19.45:

Tournament statistics

NetherlandsLatvia

Goals scored7
 
1
Total attempts87
 
18
Attempts on target42
 
7
Attempts off target35
 
9
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork3
 
0
Corners34
 
10
Offsides14
 
6
Yellow cards10
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed105
 
62
Fouls suffered92
 
44
Published: Sunday 11 April 2004, 15.35CET

Newcomers' debut Dutch clash

Match 23, 23/06, 19.45:

For the first time, the Netherlands play Latvia with both teams hoping that their opening games against the Czech Republic and Germany have not left them with a mountain to climb in Braga as the other two Group D teams play in Lisbon.

Frustrating side
In the pre-tournament betting, the Netherlands' odds to win this game were shorter than for any team in any other match. But the Dutch have had a habit in past tournament of infuriating their fans.

Tartan tears
They can also come good to superb effect, as they did in the play-offs to reach this competition, when having finished second in their qualifying group and lost the first leg of their play-off in Scotland, they produced a stunning 6-0 win to blow away the Scots and secure a place in Portugal.

Masters of surprise
Then again, that day Latvia were expected to see their 1-0 advantage slip away in Turkey, and indeed they did go 2-0 down before coming back to draw 2-2 on the night, and qualify 3-2 on aggregate against a team who reached the semi-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. That is a line of form to give Latvia hope of upsetting the odds.

Last updated: 09/06/04 12.47CET

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