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29 June 1998 Toulouse - Stadium Municipal
Netherlands Yugoslavia
Holland left it very, very late before finally seeing off a brave Yugoslav challenge with this deserved 2-1 victory in the Stade Municipal, Toulouse, to book a quarter-final date against the winners of England and Argentina in Marseille, on Saturday 4 July at 4.30pm. Edgar Davids' last-gasp strike deep in stoppage time broke Yugoslavian hearts, after they had battled back to cancel out Dennis Bergkamp's first-half opener with another headed goal for Slobodan Komljenovic, and then saw Predrag Mijatovic crash a 52nd-minute penalty against the Dutch crossbar. Dutch coach Guus Hiddink believes that attack is the best form of defence, but having watched the Yugoslavs performance against Germany, he decided to bring in Clarence Seedorf in place of Wim Jonk to 'look after' the talented Vladimir Jugovic on the left side of midfield. This contest, between technically, two sides of a very high quality promised to be fascinating, especially as both teams are quite capable of beating themselves mentally. An over cautious approach by the Yugoslavs greeted the Dutch from the onset, as Slobodan Santrac opted to play Predrag Mijatovic in a lone striking role and transferred left wing-back, Zeljko Petrovic, across to the right to assist Zoran Mirkovic in dealing with the threat of Marc Overmars. Therefore, it was a cagey and cautious first 20 minutes with little in the way of goalmouth action, but now that both sides had taken a look at one another, there were signs that the match would open up slightly. Bergkamp saw the first real attempt on goal saved by Yugoslav 'keeper Kralj on 24 minutes, and Holland then produced the best move of the match on the half-hour mark. Ronald de Boer and Philip Cocu combined to set up Seedorf and his well-struck side-foot was nicely chest-high for Kralj to palm around the post for a corner. The Dutch continued to dominate and it was no surprise when they took a 38th-minute lead through Dennis Bergkamp. A goal of pure simpicity and directness saw Frank de Boer collect the ball off 'keeper Edwin van der Sar and advance towards the halfway line, before sending a floated 40-yard pass into the run of Bergkamp. The striker used his strength to hold off a poor challenge from Mirkovic and fired home low inside Kralj's near post with the 'keeper badly at fault. At last the Yugoslavs ventured forward and Sinisa Mihajlovic's 35-yard free-kick required a smart save from van der Sar at his left-hand post just minutes before the interval. An equaliser four minutes after the break proved the perfect start to the second half for Yugoslavia, when Stojkovoic's free-kick from the left was headed home by Komljenovic from the tightest of angles. Then three minutes later Mijatovic was presented with a great opportunity to give his side an unexpected lead from the penalty spot, after Jaap Stam blatantly tugged Jugovic back by his shirt in the area. However, the record scorer in the European qualifiers with 14 goals, smashed his spot-kick against the underside of the crossbar and with that miss went his side's hopes of realistically reaching the quarter-finals. Holland proceeded to lay seige to the Yugoslav goal as efforts from Overmars and Cocu flew narrowly wide on 66 minutes, before Cocu flashed a stunning volley past Kralj after 79 minutes only to have the goal disallowed for a foul by Bergkamp. With Golden goal extra time looking a certainty, as the game entered the allotted three minutes of stoppage time, up popped Edgar Davids to rifle home a 25-yard winner low past Kralj's left hand, to put an end to Yugoslavia's brave resistance. The strike was no more than the Dutch deserved as they had been by far the more positive of the two sides in this match, and they now progress to the next stage and a mouthwatering clash awaits either Argentina or England.

(1-0) Bergkamp (38). van der Sar rolled a ball out to his skipper Frank de Boer who advanced towards the halfway line with the Yugoslavs in retreat, and his floated ball over the top of the defence was collected by the Dutch striker, who showed good strength to hold off a feeble challenge by Mirkovic, before firing home a low right-footed shot from 12 yards that went through the 'keeper Kralj at his right-hand post.

(1-1) Komljenovic (49). Reiziger's high challenge on Mijatovic resulted in a free-kick just outside the area eight yards from the left by-line, which Stojkovic flighted beautifully with his right foot beyond the far post and the defender arrived to score with a downward header from an acute angle, beating van der Sar at his left-hand post from four yards.

(2-1) Davids (90). Ronald de Boer played a quick corner from the left into the little midfielder ten yards outside the Yugoslav area, he transferred the ball onto his left foot and struck a powerful low drive through a crowd of players, beating the unfortunate Kralj inside his left-hand post from 25 yards, with the shot taking a slight deflection off Komljenovic.

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