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Hol - Cze (1-0)
Den - Hol (0-3)
Fra - Hol (2-3)
Yug - Slo (3-3)
Nor - Yug (0-1)
Yug - Spa (3-4)
Holland's confidence must be growing now that they've won all their group
matches and their Road to the Final stays in the Netherlands. But it hasn't stopped some
of their critics; most notably, Johann Cruyff.
It seems the former maestro may even be a
little envious of this Holland side; sensing their victory on home soil, with towns
painted orange in their name. If Holland win the European Championships, Frank Rijkaard
will be the new Messiah of Dutch football; the modern fans forgetting quickly Cruyff's
Cruyff's Holland invented total football, but
the game has changed and teams have more pressure on them not to lose. Sometimes the win
is more important than the football, as players struggle with the pace of super athletes
in the game; resorting to shirt-pulling and theatrics.
If Holland win their remaining matches,
they'll be the champions; no matter how unimaginative, according to Johann Cruff, they
play. Not many people talk about all the penalties that decide important matches, just who
won at the end of the day. If the game is creative, then that's football ecstasy. For the
supporters and players, the win is the most important.
Yugoslavia will be a physical
challenge to the Dutch, and it will be interesting to see if they can finish a game with
eleven players for once -- in all three group matches, Yugoslavia have had a player sent
off. It's cost them vital points but they are a win away from playing Italy in the
semi-final and perhaps a telegram from Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic; if they
haven't had a couple already. Politics and sport shouldn't mix but some of the top people
in sport do rule like little dictators.
For Yugoslavia this game will be about getting
wider exposure for their country, scoring political points for Slobodan Milosevic back
home, and above all, to get people to accept them in Europe. Yugoslavia are not outcasts
in the world and sport is a great arena for ambassadors; healing wounds and moving
As they prepare to avenge defeat at the hands
of the Dutch in France98, two Yugoslavia players will be missing due to suspension:
Slavisa Jokanovic and Mateja Kezman -- sent off for a reckless challenge, less than a
minute after coming on as substitute.
In the 1-2 Toulouse defeat, two years ago, it
was Dennis Bergkamp who should have taken a shower in the 52nd minute; for a Zidane style
stamp on Zoran Mirkovic. Davids killed a boring game in the last minute, while Mijatovic
missed a penalty by slamming the ball on the understand of the bar.
The question on everybody's mind is whether
the bad boys of Europe can do good in a match with a final-like atmosphere. It will need
cool heads and controlled tempers. Yugoslavia have been involved in two very extraordinary
games in this tournament and it would be nice to see this as a hat-trick.
Yes the game will be hard, it may be a battle
of styles, but it's not a war. A win for Yugoslavia may make the team unpopular in
Holland, but if they outplay the Dutch and Savo Milosevic adds to his goal tally of four,
then football will be the story when people read about Yugoslavia in the news. What a nice
change that would be.
Statistics to Date:
| -- Goals Scored:
|| -- Bookings:
Frank de Boer (2)
Patrik Kluivert (2)
Boudewijn Zenden (2)
Ronald de Boer (1)
Savo Milosevic (4)
Ljubinko Drulovic (1)
Deja Govadarica (1)
Red Cards: (none)
van Bronkhorst (2)
F. de Boer (1)
van der Sar (1)
Red Cards: (3)
Yellow Cards: (11)
1-Edwin van der Sar,
19-Arthur Numan, 3-Jaap Stam, 4-Frank de Boer, 15-Paul Bosvelt,
7-Philip Cocu, 8-Edgar Davids, 10-Dennis Bergkamp, 11-Marc Overmars,
5-Boudewijn Zenden, 9-Patrick Kluivert.
22 - Ivica Kralj,
5-Miroslav Djukic, 11-Sinisa Mihajlovic, 16-Dejan Govedarica, 13-Slobodan Komljenovic,
17-Ljubinko Drulovic, 7-Vladimir Jugovic, 10-Dragan Stojkovic, 14- Nisa Saveljic,
8-Predrag Mijatovic, 9-Savo Milosevic.
Referee: Jose Maria
No bookings in the first 45 minutes and Yugoslavia still have all their men on the pitch,
but they go into the break two goals down.
Holland made a couple of early probes to see
if Yugoslavia remained solid; a tight opening.
Van der Sar was called to make a few saves
then halfway through the first-half Holland applied a little more pressure. Yugoslavia
still held together, until Kluivert flicked the ball back to Bergkamp in the 24th minute
and turned to run into the box. Bergkamp returned the ball and Kluivert
ran on to score past a helpless Kralj.
Holland looked more confident going forward;
Overmars, Davids, Bergkamp and Kluivert all combining to trouble the Yugoslavia defenders.
Mihajlovic had a dipping free-kick saved low
on the ground while Overmars and Zenden were sending the ball over the bar at the other
Seven minutes before half-time, Holland
extended their lead. Kluivert ran behind
Mihajlovic to toe in a chip from Davids.
Another two goals in three minutes, from Patrik Kluivert, put Holland in the driving seat.
3-0. Bosvelt gets around the
back of Stojkovic on the right and crosses into the area, for Kluivert
to sidefoot in his hat-trick; 51mins. Although the referee credited Kluivert at
the time, UEFA watched television replays and decided that the ball had gone in off Dejan
Govedarica, at the near post -- an own goal. With this ruling, Patrik Kluivert didn't
become the first player to score four goals in the European Championship finals.
4-0. Zenden on the left.
Heads down and around the back of Saveljic to set up Kluivert
for his fourth; 54mins. This would later be deemed, only his third goal.
5-0. Dennis Bergkamp crosses
to Overmars who sets himself up for a volley
into the top left-hand corner; 78mins.
6-0. Cocu's shot hits the
inside of the right post, bounces out to the left side of the area for Overmars to plant his second goal; 90mins.
6-1. Two minutes into
stoppage time and Mijatovic hits the bar. The ball bounces into the path of Savo Milosevic to fire in a consolation goal for
Yugoslavia and take his personal tally to five. Sadly, he'll score no more in this
Holland 6 -- Yugoslavia 1
Man of the Match:
Patrik Kluivert; even though he was replaced on the hour.
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