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We've met before - Scotland vs Netherlands
SCOTLAND v NETHERLANDS: WE’VE MET BEFORE
The two nations have met 18 times, with the standout game coming at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, which produced one of Scotland’s greatest-ever results.
This first competitive encounter came in their final Group Four fixture in San Martin, with Scotland Britain’s sole representatives at the tournament. And it was well worth the wait.
Archie Gemmill scored one of the World Cup’s greatest-ever goals in the 68th minute as Ally MacLeod’s side shocked the eventual finalists 3-2. A Kenny Dalglish goal and Gemmill penalty either side of half-time had cancelled out Rob Rensenbrink’s spot-kick. Gemmill’s wonder goal made it 3-1 before Johnny Rep pulled one back.
Sadly, Scotland’s earlier defeat to Peru and draw with Iran saw them fail to bag one of the top two qualifying berths, finishing behind the Netherlands on goal difference.
Scotland’s first three clashes with the Dutch were all staged in Amsterdam – and yielded three away wins. In the first-ever meeting in 1929, first-half goals from James Fleming and Robert Rankin earned a 2-0 success. Nine years later, Andrew Black, Francis Murphy and Thomas Walker were on the mark in a 3-1 Scotland win. In 1959, second-half goals from Bobby Collins and Graham Leggat overturned a half-time deficit to secure a 2-1 win.
In the first meeting at Hampden in 1966, the Netherlands emerged 3-0 winners before a goalless draw in Amsterdam two years later. The first home win for either nation arrived in 1971, when George Graham grabbed a consolation in a 2-1 Dutch win.
After a Frank Gray penalty and Dalglish strike earned Scotland their first home win over the Dutch in a 1982 friendly, a goalless draw followed four years later in Eindhoven.
Their second competitive fixture came at Euro 92, when Dennis Bergkamp’s 76th-minute goal separated the sides in Gothenburg.
The two nations met twice in the space of just three months in 1994, with Holland winning 1-0 at Hampden while sub Duncan Shearer was on target in a 3-1 defeat in Utrecht.
In their opening Group A fixture at Euro 96, Scotland drew 0-0 with Holland and again missed out on a top-two place by finishing behind the Dutch, this time on goals scored.
Another goalless draw followed in an Eindhoven friendly four years later, but plenty has been riding on their four most recent meetings.
James McFadden’s solitary goal ensured the hosts took a slender advantage to Amsterdam for the Euro 2004 qualifying play-off second leg, but Berti Vogts’ side were hammered 6-0.
They last met in 2009 during qualification for the 2010 World Cup, with the Netherlands wining 3-0 in Amsterdam and 1-0 at Hampden.
1929 Amsterdam Friendly Netherlands 0 Scotland 2
1938 Amsterdam Friendly Netherlands 1 Scotland 3
1959 Amsterdam Friendly Netherlands 1 Scotland 2
1966 Hampden Park Friendly Scotland 0 Netherlands 3
1968 Amsterdam Friendly Netherlands 0 Scotland 0
1971 Amsterdam Friendly Netherlands 2 Scotland 1
1978 San Martin World Cup Finals Netherlands 2 Scotland 3
1982 Hampden Park Friendly Scotland 2 Netherlands 1
1986 Eindhoven Friendly Netherlands 0 Scotland 0
1992 Gothenburg European Championship Netherlands 1 Scotland 0
1994 Hampden Park Friendly Scotland 0 Netherlands 1
1994 Utrecht Friendly Netherlands 3 Scotland 1
1996 Birmingham European Championship Netherlands 0 Scotland 0
2000 Eindhoven Friendly Netherlands 0 Scotland 0
2003 Hampden Park Euro 2004 qual. play-off Scotland 1 Netherlands 0
2003 Amsterdam Euro 2004 qual. play-off Netherlands 6 Scotland 0
2009 Amsterdam World Cup qualifier Netherlands 3 Scotland 0
2009 Hampden Park World Cup qualifier Scotland 0 Netherlands 1
OVERALL RECORD Scotland v Netherlands
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
WC Finals 1 1 0 0 3 2
WC Qual. 2 0 0 2 0 4
Euro Finals 2 0 1 1 0 1
Euro Play-off 2 1 0 1 1 6
Friendlies 11 4 3 3 11 12
Overall 18 6 4 8 15 25