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We've met before - Scotland vs Netherlands
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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.

 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

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

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