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20 June 1998 Group E Marseille - Stade Velodrome
Netherlands Korea Republic
Holland at last showed the world what we have all been waiting to see - Europe's answer to Total Football. After a stuttering start in the heat of Marseille, this Group E encounter, with all to play for, eventually took shape as half-time approached. But this was not before South Korea had played their part and given the Dutch a scare or two. As early as the seventh minute the South Korean attack, in the form of Jung Won Seo, Do Hoon Kim and Yong Soo Choi, had the opportunity to give the 2002 co-hosts a shock lead, but their attempts did not force Edwin van der Sar into a single save. As the half wore on the Dutch were becoming more and more frustrated, opportunities were being spurned and Korean 'keeper, Byung-Ji Kim, was playing out of his skin. The breakthrough eventually came in the 37th minute, Cocu's left foot shot leaving Kim rooted to the spot. This was the signal for the Dutch to relax and, in turn, start the party pieces. Arsenal's Marc Overmars added a second before the break and it looked as if the second half, if not the future, would indeed be orange. This was not to be the case, at least not straight away. The half-time break had come at the right time for Bum Kun Cha's side and they had regrouped during the interval. They closed down the spaces and made it hard for the man on the ball, then at every opportunity, they broke out at speed but their finishing, again let them down - only three shots on target throughout the 90 minutes. As the half wore on, the tide began to turn, and on 71 minutes any doubts about Dennis Bergkamp's place in the starting line-up were dispelled. The Arsenal striker took the ball on the edge of the box, beat two defenders and then shot into the corner of the net - a goal which equalled Johann Cruyff's all-time Dutch scoring record. He was replaced shortly afterwards by Pierre van Hooijdonk and the big striker's first touch was saved by Kim, a right-footed free-kick from 22 yards out. The Forest striker was not to be disappointed and a minute later he received the perfect ball from Overmars to score his first goal in the finals. It began to look if the Dutch could and would score at will, especially when Ronald de Boer added a fifth with over ten minutes left to play. Although they had the chances, Holland did not add further to their tally, the Koreans, shellshocked by the final 20 minutes, still pressed for a goal but the Dutch defence were equal to the task. The match was made all the more enjoyable by an extremely sensible refereeing display, Mr Wojcik of Poland booking only two Koreans, one for time wasting midway through the first half and then not brandishing a card again, until added time for a reckless challenge when the game was all but over. The result moves Holland to the top of the group, level on points with their next opponents Mexico, but with a superior goal difference.

(1-0) Cocu (37). Dennis Bergkamp played the ball across the face of the Korean box to Cocu, the PSV striker cut back across the face of goal before unleashing a rasping left foot shot from 18 yards leaving 'keeper Byung Ji Kim motionless.

(2-0) Overmars (41). The Dutch caught South Korea on the counter attack as Wim Jonk set Overmars free on the left 30 yards out, the nippy Arsenal winger raced into the area before cutting inside Sung Yong Choi and striking the ball right-footed, into the bottom corner of the net from 15 yards .

(3-0) Bergkamp (71). Winter played the ball into Bergkamp on the edge of the box, as turned he beat two defenders, then 16 yards out he toe-poked his right foot shot beyond the 'keeper into the left corner of the net.

(4-0) van Hooijdonk (79). He scored with only his third touch after replacing Bergkamp, after playing the ball to Marc Overmars on the left he made his way to the far post where he met the Arsenal winger's precise cross with a thundering header which gave Kim no chance.

(5-0) de Boer, R (83). He received the ball from Jonk in the inside left position, moved into the area and beat Min Sung Lee before smashing the ball, right-footed, into the back of the net from 12 yards.

 
 
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