Holland played defensively in its match against Italy on Saturday (22 November) but still lost to the Italians, 1-nil.
GV Teams walk onto field to cheers of crowd (2 shots)
SV Scoreboard showing Italian team
GV Italy kick off playing left to right
SV Italy attack but goalie saves and rolls ball to Holland defender who plays it to midfield (2 shots)
SV Italy attacking and goalie pushes ball through for corner
SV Corner taken but Dutch defence heads off line
SV Italy continue to attack and long shot at goal from forty yards out is deflected for corner
SV Italians take corner and Dutch defence partly clear ball but Italians cross again and Capello heads ball through for good goal (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Crowd TO Italians returning to their positions
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Background: Holland played defensively in its match against Italy on Saturday (22 November) but still lost to the Italians, 1-nil.
In a dull and uninteresting game, the Dutch players allowed the Italian forwards in only once - and the Italians scored. Many of the Dutch players seemed almost disinterested at times during the match.
Virtually certain of reaching the final eight of the competition, they were content to play possession football and, once having obtained possession, the Dutch team appeared to have no ambition except to keep it in midfield and away from the Italian forwards.
The Italians on the other hand seemed determined to wipe out the memory of their two previous goal-less draws and attacked from the start. But their attempts to play attacking football were frustrated by the holding attitude of the Dutch team.
Their determination paid off slightly when they broke through the tight Dutch defence and scored their first goal for more than a year, excluding a penalty they scored against Finland.
Despite the loss the Dutch are now in the final of group five of the European Soccer Championship.
SYNOPSIS: A huge crowd turned out at the Rome football stadium on Saturday to see the game in the European Soccer Championship between Italy and Holland. Holland leads Group Five of the Championship with four wins from six games with a total of fourteen goals.
And right from the kick off the Dutch players made it clear that their almost assured position in the final of the Group Five section of the Championship meant that they would play completely defensive football. Although the Italians took the game up to the opposition, the Dutch players appeared almost arrogantly bored in their disregard for the Italian attack. The team from Holland seemed content to hold the ball in midfield.
But the Italians refused to be brushed aside. They were determine to wipe out the memory of their two previous goal-less draws. Again they attacked with fierce determination - but were rewarded with only a corner.
By now the Dutch players were taking a little more interest in the game ... in fact, just enough to head off another Italian attack.
At times during the match several of the Dutch players appeared disinterested in the match and showed little inclination to chase the ball ... or their Italian opponents. The Dutch "holding operation" in midfield frustrated the Italians ... who reacted with desperation shots like this.
However after twenty minutes a free kick was awarded to the Italian player Causio, and his team mate Savoldi then moved out of the crowded box ... taking two Dutch defenders with him ... leaving Italian player Fabio Capello with acres of room to head the ball down past the Dutch goalkeeper for the game's first - and only - goal.
Despite the defeat the Dutch team has easily qualified for the final of the European Championship.