Netherlands meet Portugal for the 13th time on Monday. Michael Bell takes a look back at some of the best matches played between the two nations. 

Netherlands 1-0 Portugal (1991)

Netherlands and Portugal were drawn together in the qualifiers for the 1992 European Championships. Portugal won the first meeting between in the two nations 1-0 the year before and Oranje needed a win in Rotterdam to keep their chances of finishing top alive and to ensure they had the chance to defend their crown.

In the 20th minute, Robert Witschge hammered a shot into the net from outside the box to score what happened to be the only goal of the game. The win put Netherlands in top spot and after a win against Greece they progressed to Euro 1992, where they were famously knocked out by Denmark.

This victory was the one and only time Oranje triumphed over Portugal.

Netherlands 0-2 Portugal (2000)

Netherlands bid to reach the 2002 had already gotten off to a rocky start by the time they hosted Portugal. A draw with Republic of Ireland at home was followed up with a comfortable win over Cyprus.

Louis van Gaal was hoping a victory over Portugal would kick-start their campaign but instead the visitors came away from Rotterdam with a comfortable win thanks to goals from Pauleta and Sergio Conceicao.

Portugal 2-2 Netherlands (2001)

Everyone remembers the 1-0 defeat to Ireland as the game that killed Netherlands hopes of reaching the 2002 World Cup, but this draw in Portugal was probably more damaging.

In Porto, Netherlands got off to the perfect start with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink firing them ahead from the spot before Patrick Kluivert made it 2-0 before the break after an excellent run from Marc Overmars.

Netherlands were cruising to a much-needed victory, but with seven minutes left, Pauleta pulled one back with a shot that sneaked past Edwin van der Sar. Then in injury time, Frank de Boer took out Pauleta in the box with a mistimed challenge and Luis Figo netted the resulting penalty.

The draw left Netherlands hopes of reaching the World Cup hanging by a thread before Ireland put the nail in the coffin later in the year.

Portugal 2-1 Netherlands (2004)

The Euro 2004 semi-final saw Netherlands come up against hosts Portugal and looking to reach their first major final since Euro 88. However, just before the half-hour mark Cristiano Ronaldo headed in Deco’s corner to give the home side the lead.

Luis Figo hit the post for Portugal before Maniche eventually made it 2-0 with a stunning strike from a tight angle on 58 minutes. Minutes later, Netherlands were given hope when Jorge Andrade deflected Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s cross into his own net.

Netherands almost equalised late on but a free-kick just missed an unmarked Van Bronckhorst at the back post and Portugal held on to reach the final, where they were beaten by Greece.

Portugal 1-0 Netherlands (2006)

The battle of Nurnberg at the 2006 World Cup will go down as one of the dirtiest football games in the modern era and set a record for the number of cards shown in a FIFA tournament.

The first knock-out round match was won by Maniche who netted in the 23rd minute, but that was not the story of the match. Khalid Boulahrouz, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Deco and Costinha were all sent off in a game that also saw 16 yellow cards.

Both sides booted each other from the first minute and several touchline melees broke out throughout. A game of football never really materialised as Netherlands limped out of the tournament. The lasting image of the match was Barcelona teammates Deco and Van Bronckhorst sitting together on the sidelines chatting after both getting their marching orders.

 

Portugal 2-1 Netherlands (2012)

Netherlands disastrous Euro 2012 campaign had seen them lose to Denmark and then Germany before the faced Portugal in the final group game.

Bert van Marwijk’s side needed a big win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive and they got off to a good start when Rafael van der Vaart fired an excellent strike into the bottom corner from outside the box.

However, Portugal then took control and after going close on three occasions, Cristiano Ronaldo equalised with a low finish past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Needing goals in the second half, Netherlands threw caution to the wind but that allowed space for Portugal which they eventually exploited with Ronaldo netting his second to ensure Oranje went home early, which cost Van Marwijk his job.

Portugal 1-1 Netherlands (2013)

The last meeting between the two nations was a friendly match which saw Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands take the lead thanks to an excellent strike by Kevin Strootman from just outside the box.

Michel Vorm then made several saves to keep Netherlands lead intact before Cristiano Ronaldo eventually equalised late on from a corner.




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