Holland’s Barcelona-Style Led a 3-0 Victory over Denmark

Published June 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Co-host Holland confirmed their ticket to Euro 2000 quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory in purely Barcelona’s win over Denmark on Friday at De Kuip stadium. 

Three goals in 20 minutes - all scored by Barcelona players - were enough to sink the Danes after a goalless first period with Patrick Kluivert slotting home the first on 57 minutes after keeper Peter Schmeichel had blocked Dennis Bergkamp's shot. 

Ronald De Boer got the second from close range nine minutes later by prodding home Boudewijn Zenden's low cross and Zenden then helped himself to the third 13 minutes from time after a barnstorming run by another Barca player Michael Reiziger. 

To compound the Danes misery Michael Schjonberg missed a penalty after 80 minutes when Ebbe Sand was fouled in the box by Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. 

Jubilant scenes in the stadium greeted Holland’s qualification and Kluivert told Eurosport: "It's fantastic for the whole country and now the party can start. It was better tonight because we played with fast wingers. But it's not only good football that counts but the result." 

Victory for the Dutch ensured their place in the last eight along with group rivals France who earlier beat the Czech Republic 2-1. The Danes go out of the competition with the Czechs. 

"We were exhausted after the defending we had to do in the first-half and just couldn't play as we wanted to in the second-half," lamented Denmark's Swedish coach Bo Johansson told AFP. 

"In the second-half the players were tired in fact more tired than they should have been. 

"After the second goal we completely lost our formation and were lucky just to concede another goal," said Johansson who will be replaced by Morten Olsen after Euro 2000.  

Holland were having problems stringing two passes together and they appeared to sense the anxiety of the crowd who were now voicing their displeasure at the performance of the tournament favorites. 

But after 57 minutes the crowd did have something to cheer about. Bergkamp found an opening after breaking speedily from his own half and after delicately flicking the ball past two Danish defenders he stabbed the ball goal wards only for Schmeichel to block the shot. 

However, the ball broke kindly for Kluivert who was on hand to slot the ball past the former Manchester United keeper and into the empty net. 

Eight minutes later the Dutch were in raptures as Zenden went storming down the left wing and his low center slid across the Danish goal before reaching Ronald De Boer who side-footed the ball home with Schmeichel stranded. 

The best was yet to come 13 minutes from timer when Reiziger went rampaging through the Danish half with defenders back-pedaling furiously and as Schmeichel came out to defend his goal the pacy defender laid the ball off for Zenden to thump home. 

Denmark went straight up the other end and Sand was brought down in the box but when Schonberg had the chance to reduce the deficit he fired wide, -- (Several Sources) 


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