World Cup soccer....Holland qualified for their second successive World Cup final on Wednesday (21 June)?
GV Holland, in light shirts, kicking from left to right, build up attack & Rensenbrink for Holland heads over bar from close range (2 shots)
GV Italy build up attack from deep in their own half. A close passing movement develops near the goalmouth. Causio just misses chance (4 shots)
GV Italy attack; while Italian forward prepares to shoot Brandts puts the ball into his own net to give italy one-goal lead (3 shots)
GV From a free-kick Italy pump ball high into Dutch penalty area and Rossi narrowly misses (2 shots)
GV From corner ball is blocked by defenders and falls to Bennetti who volleys into the arms of the Dutch goalkeeper (3 shots)
GV (Second Half) Holland mount attack. After scramble outside the penalty box for possession Brandts scores the equaliser (4 shots)
GV From free-kick Holland pass the ball to Haan who hits a 40 metre drive past the Italian keeper for the winning goal (4 shots)
The Italian manager, Enzo Bearzot, said after the match that he had high hopes throughout the first half of Italy winning and going through to the final. Two of three Italians cautioned in the game -- Bennetti and Taradelli, will be suspended from Saturday's third place match but Bearzot declined to say how this would affect Italy's chances. The Dutch manager, ??? Happel, said he thought his side were worth their triumph over the 90 minutes. He conceded that the Italians, who had played extremely strongly in the first half, fell away badly in the second allowing Holland to dominate physically as well as technically. He said "in the first half the Italians shook us out of our normal style and we were able to play the way we wanted in the second in the second half". Holland will now meet Argentina in the final after the host team defeated Peru by six goals to nil to qualify on Wednesday (21 June) night.
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Background: World Cup soccer....Holland qualified for their second successive World Cup final on Wednesday (21 June) with a win over the favoured Italian team by two goals to one in Buenos Aires. Football experts said that Italy, who performed brilliantly to finish top of the toughest group in the first round, had peaked top early in the tournament to win the match against Holland. Holland were runners up in Munich in the last World Cup four years ago.
SYNOPSIS: It was Holland, playing from left to right in the light shirts, who had the first chance with a header by Rensenbrink just shaving the crossbar.
But minutes later Italy came back with a period of pressure during which they looked like scoring several times. Their first attack on the Dutch goal-mouth came after a long mid-field build up with an intricate passing movement sending the ball across the face of the goal. But Causio narrowly missed the opportunity.
Soon after, another attack had the Dutch defence in trouble. As the Italian forward prepared to shoot, Holland's Brandts attempted to clear the ball over his goal line. However, the Dutch goalkeeper was caught unawareness and the own goal gave Italy a one nil lead.
Another chance for Italy followed. From a free-kick the ball was pumped high into Holland's penalty area and the young Italian striker, Rossi, was just wide with his shot. Soon after, from a corner for Italy, the ball fell to Bennetti, who hammered it straight into the hands of the Dutch goalkeeper.
In the second half, the Dutch, who looked jaded and unimaginative in the first half, began to show their famous total football. They repeatedly stormed back in counter attack, catching the Italians off-guard. On this occasion, after a scramble for the ball, fullback Brandts, made amends for his earlier error with a fine long range shot to give Holland the equaliser.
The crunch came for Italy 15 minutes from full time. The young Dutch fullback Poortvliet laid off a free kick for Haan, who hit a 40-metre blockbuster into the far corner of the Italian goal. The final score Holland 2, Italy 1.