From Koeman's free-kick to Euro 96: Five memorable matches between Netherlands and England

The Netherlands and England will face each other in contention for a place in the Euro 2024 final on Wednesday 10 July at 22:00 Bulgarian time.

The two teams have met a number of times on the international stage, but their clash in Dortmund will be only the second official meeting between the Tulips and the Three Lions this century.

Here are some of the most iconic matches between them:

Van Basten's hat trick

The European Championship in 1988 remains the only major forum that the Dutch have won. The championship will always be remembered for Marco van Basten's incredible goal in the final against the USSR.

It is also the only time in which the English participate in a championship and lose every one of their matches. Both squads face each other after losses in their opening matches. In Dusseldorf, the Netherlands won with Van Basten's hat-trick. England had their chances in that encounter, hitting the post twice through Gary Lineker and Glenn Hoddle. The goal for the Three Lions then came from Bryan Robson.

World Cup 90 draw in Italy

The two sides were drawn in the same group again at the 1990 World Cup in Italy and many of the players who were part of the encounter two years earlier were also on the pitch in Cagliari. Among them is the current manager of the Tulips Ronald Koeman.

This time the English tamed Van Basten to a goalless draw. England won the group and reached the semi-finals, while the Netherlands were eliminated in the round of 16 by West Germany.

England miss the World Cup in the USA in 1994

England has not been able to qualify for a World Cup since 1970 only once, and the "culprit" for this is the Netherlands. At Wembley, Graham Taylor's side squandered a two-goal lead against the Netherlands but still hold their fate in the second leg in Rotterdam as they were above the Tulips in the group.

Without the suspended Paul Gascoigne, England trailed after just over an hour thanks to Koeman's free-kick before Dennis Bergkamp ended the dispute with a second goal. England beat San Marino in their last match, but the Dutch also achieved success against Poland, which sent them to the World Cup, where the team reached the quarter-finals.

Double for Shearer and Sheringham

The two teams face each other again in the groups of Euro 96. Both squads have four points from their first two meetings before the Wembley clash. Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham each scored twice for the convincing 4:1 victory. The honorable goal for the Tulips was scored by Patrick Kluivert.

The English, for whom the current coach Gareth Southgate was defending, won the group, and the Dutch came second. In the quarter-finals, the Netherlands lost to France on penalties, while the same fate befell England, but in the semi-finals with Germany. Southgate missed the decisive penalty.

The Netherlands win the Nations League semi-final

The only official clash between the two sides since Euro 96 is the semi-final in the inaugural edition of the Nations League in 2019.

Southgate was already manager of the Three Lions and Koeman was in his first stint in charge of the Dutch when they met in Guimaraes, Portugal. Marcus Rashford put England ahead from the penalty spot, but Matthijs de Ligt equalized to send the game into extra time. A Kyle Walker own goal and a Quincy Promes strike earned the Tulips a 3:1 victory before the team lost the final to hosts Portugal. | BGNES