Bergkamp sends the Netherlands into the '98 semi-finals.
Dennis Bergkamp is recognised as one of the most intelligent and gifted footballers of any generation.
The Dutchman played 79 times for his country, scoring 37
goals and helping them to the World Cup quarter-finals in 1994 and Fourth Place in ’98. It was at the latter that the forward produced one of the tournament's most memorable goals.
Facing Argentina in the quarter-finals, the tie looked to be going to extra-time at 1-1 until in the 89th minute Frank de Boer hit a 60-yard, looping, cross-field ball over the Argentine defence. Ever aware, Bergkamp attacked the penalty box and brought the pass down with the deftest of touches, turning defender Roberto Ayala in the process.
As he stabbed the ball past Carlos Roa to send the Netherlands into the semi-finals he also, fittingly, became his country’s leading goalscorer of all-time.
It was a record that would eventually be taken by compatriot Patrick Kluivert but Bergkamp would remain a hero forever.