Holland oust Sweden

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Arjen Robben slotted home a sudden death penalty to give Holland their first shootout win in the history of the European Championships.

Holland oust Sweden

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Arjen Robben slotted home a sudden death penalty to give Holland their first shootout win in the history of the European Championships and book a place in the semi-finals at Sweden's expense. The match ended goalless after 120 minutes of football, in which the Swedes twice hit the woodwork and Edwin Van Der Sar emerged a hero as he saved Olof Mellberg's spot-kick in the shoot-out. Holland will now play hosts Portugal in the 1st semi-final on the 30th of June at Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon. Memorable win For the Dutch it erased the nightmares of the past three Euro championships where they went out on penalties not to mention the 1998 World Cup semi-final shootout loss to Brazil. Predictions of a high scoring encounter between two countries boasting some of the deadliest marksmen in the business were wide of the mark as the two sets of defences more than earned their salaries. Deadlock after two hours of football on a stamina-sapping Algarve night ended in the dreaded but morbidly fascinating spot kicks, with the Dutch prevailing 5-4 with Chelsea-bound Arjen Robben getting the decisive goal. (With PTI inputs)

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