The Netherlands will stay in Marseille to play Brazil in a Tuesday semifinal.MARSEILLE, France (Saturday, July 4, 1998) -- Dennis Bergkamp used a superb individual effort to net a 90th minute goal to give the Netherlands a 2-1 victory over Argentina Saturday in a World Cup quarterfinal.
The Netherlands will stay in Marseille to play Brazil in a Tuesday semifinal
Moments after Argentine playmaker Ariel Ortega was sent off for head-butting Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, evening the teams at 10 men a side, Dutch captain captain Frank de Boer launched a 60-yard pass directly to the right foot of Bergkamp in the right side of the penalty area.
With his first touch, the striker known as "The Iceman" cut back to his left past defender Roberto Ayala. With his second touch, Bergkamp tucked a hard shot over keeper Carlos Roa into the top left corner.
Bergkamp called the goal the most important of his career and said Ortega's expulsion had motivated the tiring Dutch, who saw Arthur Numan sent off with a second yellow card in the 76th minute.
"There was everything in that match. The moment for us was when Ortega went off which gave us great energy," Bergkamp said. "This was a game with a lot of tension and a lot of work, two red cards and a lot of chances. It was fantastic.
"Now we have to think ahead towards Brazil."
Ortega claimed he had been tripped by Jaap Stam in the area, but was about to be booked by Mexican referee Arturo Brizio Carter for diving. Van der Sar appeared to goad Ortega for faking when Ortega hit van der Sar's chin with the top of his head.
Argentine soccer chief Julio Grondona said Ortega's dismissal was a "very controversial move . . . Depending on how you see it, it was on the one hand a clear penalty and on the other open to doubt. In that same moment Ortega was taken out of the game because he approached the goalkeeper and the goalkeeper threw himself backwards as if he had been killed."
It was the first time the two teams had met since Argentina beat the Dutch, 3-1, in the 1978 World Cup final.
The Netherlands took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. de Boer began a sweet Dutch move from deep in his own half, slipping past three defenders as he drove towards goal. He picked out Bergkamp on the left of the area and the striker cushioned a header into the path of Patrick Kluivert who coolly slotted the ball past Carlos Roa.
Argentina equalized six minutes later when Claudio Lopez timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and latch on to Juan Veron's pass. He delayed his shot before poking the ball through the legs of Van Der Sar.
The Netherlands 2, Argentina 1
Netherlands - Edwin van der Sar, Michael Reiziger, Jaap Stam, Frank de
Boer, Arthur Numan, Wim Jonk, Ronald de Boer (Marc Overmars 64), Phillip Cocu,
Edgar Davids, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert.