It was a tale of two penalties as England's dream of reaching the European Championship ended.
England 1-2 Holland
UEFA European U19 Championship
Elite Qualifying Round
17 May 2007, England
Ricoh Arena, Coventry FC
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It was a tale of two penalties on a night when England's dream of qualifying for the European Championships evaporated.
After falling behind to a freak own goal, two spot-kicks - one missed and one scored - ultimately decided England's fate.
Danny Haynes failed from 12 yards on the stroke on half-time, a miss compounded in the 71st minute when Jordy Buijs masterfully stroked his penalty home.
England had other chances too, but a combination of wasteful finishing and immaculate goalkeeping from Tim Krul meant the young Lions were left with a mountain to climb.
When they did finally adjust the shooting radar, it was too late. Hogan Ephraim's curling effort might have been the goal of the game, but it was a mere consolation.
On a warm evening at the splendid Ricoh Arena, the young Lions - needing a win - started brightly, stroking the ball confidently along the perfect Ricoh Arena turf.
But they almost fell behind on seven minutes when Chelsea's Michael Mancienne played a terribly short back-pass to goalkeeper Frank Fielding.
The alert Jordy Brouwer latched on to the loose ball, rounded the onrushing Fielding before bearing down on an empty net. A goal seemed certain until Mancienne atoned for his error by dashing back heroically before launching himself into a last-ditch tackle to rob Brouwer on the goal-line.
England's best chance of unlocking the Dutch defence was through Ephraim, West Ham's twinkle-toed starlet. Deployed wide on the left, Ephraim attacked with guile and it was no surprise when he helped fashion the hosts' first chance.
Jinking past his man, he played the overlapping Scott Golbourne down the line who crossed into a crowded penalty box. Amongst the melee, Craig Lindfield somehow brought the ball down before firing at goal, only to see his shot blocked.
England Head Coach Brian Eastick was forced into a an early change, replacing the hobbling Fabrice Muamba with Adam Hammill. Just seconds after the substitution, the Dutch were ahead, courtesy of a freak goal.
Brouwer's reverse pass gave Siem De Jong a clear sight of goal, but he thrashed the ball against the post from close range. However, lady luck was not smiling on the back-peddling Golbourne, the ball ricocheting off him and into the net.
It was a cruel blow but Holland didn't care and they set about doubling their advantage during a period of dominance.
But England stood firm and played their way back into the game. Indeed, they could have equalised on the stroke of half-time when Michael Johnson raced clear but the Manchester City midfielder could not find a way past Tim Krul, the Newcastle goalkeeper making a superb stop.
The young Lions squandered an even better opportunity just before the interval when Haynes was scythed down in the box by Christian Supusepa.
After dusting himself off, the Ipswich striker watched agonisingly as Krul flung himself to his left to save.
In the ensuing melee, Rossi Jarvis hooked the ball goalwards to Hammill whose header was then nodded off the line by De Jong.
Having prevented a goal, De Jong almost scored seven minutes into the second period with a clever free-kick. Shunning the favoured up and over the wall method, he struck the ball low through a forest of legs. Fielding was alert to the danger and made an excellent save low to his right.
At the other end, Krul made an even better save to maintain the Dutch lead. Jarvis seemed certain to level after bursting into the box and planting a shot towards the bottom corner. But the expectant England fans had not banked on Krul instinctively flicking out his right boot to deflect the ball wide.
England's hopes of a comeback were crushed in the 71st minute when Fielding brought down Marvin Emnes. Buijs stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way. His vocal celebration by the corner flag suggested he and his Dutch team-mates knew it was game over.
There was time for an England goal, albeit in injury-time, when Ephraim cut inside and curled the ball past Krul's outstretched arm.
But the goalscorer then went from hero to zero in seconds when he saw red for a late challenge on Buijs.
England: 13 Frank Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), 2 Elliot Omozusi (Fulham, 14 Stephen Darby, Liverpool, 60 mins), 3 Scott Golbourne (Reading), 4 Fabrice Muamba (Birmingham City, 11 Adam Hammill, on loan at Dumfermline, 28 mins), 5 Jack Hobbs (Liverpool), 6 Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), 8 Michael Johnson (Manchester City), 9 Danny Haynes (Ipswich Town), 10 Hogan Ephraim (West Ham), Craig Lindfield (Liverpool, 15 Chris Martin, Norwich City, 78 mins), 17 Rossi Jarvis (Norwich City).
Subs not used: 1 Jamie Annerson (Sheffield United), 7 Sam Hewson (Manchester United), 12 Ben Turner (Coventry City), 18 Jack Cork (Chelsea)
Goals: Ephraim 90
Holland: 1 Tim Krul, 2 Tom Hiariej, 4 Jordy Buijs, 5 Christian Supusepa (17 Rens Van Eyden, 80 mins), 7 Diego Biseswar (18 Donny Gorter, 80 mins), 8 Geert Arend Roorda, 9 Jordy Brouwer (13 Niels Vorthoren, 64 mins), 10 Vurnon Anita, 11 Siem De Jong, 12 Dirk Marcellis, 14 Marvin Emnes.
Subs not used: 15 Qays Shayesteh, 16 Melvin Koetsier.
Goals: Golbourne og 29, Buijs 71 (pen)
Referee: A Rubinos Perez
Assistant referees: R Alonso & H Sonderby
Fourth official: P Rassmussen