One of the games most epic in the history of the National is the one played on the 29th of June at the Amsterdam Arena. Goes to the semi-finals of the European between the Netherlands and Italy. The oranje are the favourites, because the owners of the house, and pressing immediately on the accelerator. Gianluca Zambrotta leaves the azzurri in 10 after 34 minutes for two bookable offences and from there it’s game one way. Spend 4 minutes from the red card and the referee, the German Markus Merk, grants a penalty (generous) to the Dutch for a foul in the area by Nesta on Kluivert. From the spot, Francesco Toldo is great in order to reject the execution of Frank de Boer. In the second half, to 62′, another penalty: Davids escapes in speed Iuliano, and the defender blue the out area. From the eleven metres, this goes on to Kluivert, who unlike De Boer beats Toldo… but sends the ball on to the post. The game pulls from the 0-0 draw with the Dutch attacking and defending, with so much inspiration, to cancel all pretensions opponent. You be additional to, and finally a penalty shoot out. The first of the series is Gigi Di Biagio, who only two years before sent over the crossbar of the dreams in the World in the match against France. This time the director does not fail and is an important signal given to the team mates. It’s up to Frank de Boer and, once again, Toldo the para shot. Pessotto is cold, and turns, while Stam shoots for the stars. Tap and then to the ball that silences everyone, teammates included, with what was to become the famous “spoon”. Kluivert keeps alight the flame orange, while Maldini misses the first match point. But when Toldo extends and rejects the conclusion of Bosvelt is over: the Italy fly in the final of Euro 2000.