Sunday, June 27, 2004

Sweden - Netherlands 0 - 0 (4 - 5 pen.)

It was a close call. One ball deflected into the post and one goal denied for Netherlands. One ball in the post and one hitting the crossbar for Sweden. And that's only in the overtime.

Other than that, the Dutch's had more of ball possession but didn't create chances in the same effect. Sweden had some opportunities that with some more luck could have led to something more than just opportunities.

In the penalty shoot-out, the Dutch players were able to keep cool in a way that the Swedes couldn't. At least, so it seemed.

My Man of the Match: Ruud van Nistelrooy