Netherlands-Scotland matches 1938-2021

Official Matches
Unofficial Match


The first competitive match the Netherlands and Scotland played against each other was a thriller. Scotland had started the 1978 World Cup extremely badly, losing 1-3 to Peru after taking an early lead, and only managing a 1-1 draw with Iran, and that thanks to an own goal by an Iranian defender. As the Netherlands had beaten the Persians 3-0 and played 0-0 with Peru, Scotland needed to win the final group match by three clear goals in order to progress. After Rensenbrink converted a first half penalty noone thought that possible anymore, but after an equaliser by Kenny Dalglish, a penalty by Archie Gemmill and a truly wonderful individual effort by the same player halfway the second half (quite possibly the best goal ever scored against the Netherlands), Scotland were nearly there. Just for four minutes though, as Rep let fly a shot from far out which demoralised the Scots and set the example for Haan's later efforts against West Germany and Italy.

At the 1996 European Championship in England, Scotland came even closer to dumping Oranje out of the tournament. Their first group match saw the two play to a 0-0 draw, but the Netherlands then defeated Switzerland 2-0 while Scotland fell to the hosts by the same scoreline. However, those detested southern neighbours then nearly managed to do the Scots a good turn, taking a 4-0 lead after little over an hour against a disintegrating Dutch side while Scotland had taken a 1-0 half-time lead against the Swiss. At that point, Scotland were in the quarterfinals, but Kluivert somehow found a goal 12 minutes from time and Scotland failed to score a second, meaning they were eliminated by the Dutch on the third tie-breaker (goals scored, following head-to-head results and goal difference).

Since then, the two countries have met in a few qualifying matches, but in those Scotland failed to pose a serious challenge, being outscored 10 to 1 over the 4 competitive matches played since the turn of the millenium.

Official Matches

All matches listed are friendlies unless otherwise stated.

Game Date        Venue      Result                      Remark

  1. 21- 5-1938  Amsterdam  Netherlands 1-3 Scotland
  2. 27- 5-1959  Amsterdam  Netherlands 1-2 Scotland
  3. 11- 5-1966  Glasgow    Scotland    0-3 Netherlands
  4. 30- 5-1968  Amsterdam  Netherlands 0-0 Scotland
  5.  1-12-1971  Amsterdam  Netherlands 2-1 Scotland
  6. 11- 6-1978  Mendoza    Scotland    3-2 Netherlands [World Cup]
  7. 23- 2-1982  Glasgow    Scotland    2-1 Netherlands
  8. 29- 4-1986  Eindhoven  Netherlands 0-0 Scotland
  9.  6-12-1992  Göteborg   Netherlands 1-0 Scotland    [European Championship]
 10. 23- 3-1994  Glasgow    Scotland    0-1 Netherlands
 11. 27- 5-1994  Utrecht    Netherlands 3-1 Scotland
 12. 10- 6-1996  Birmingham Netherlands 0-0 Scotland    [European Championship]      
 13. 26- 4-2000  Arnhem     Netherlands 0-0 Scotland
 14. 15-11-2003  Glasgow    Scotland    1-0 Netherlands [European Champ. Qual.]
 15. 19-11-2003  Amsterdam  Netherlands 6-0 Scotland    [European Champ. Qual.]
 16. 28- 3-2009  Amsterdam  Netherlands 3-0 Scotland    [World Cup Qual.]
 17.  9- 9-2009  Glasgow    Scotland    0-1 Netherlands [World Cup Qual.]
 18.  9-11-2017  Aberdeen   Scotland    0-1 Netherlands
 19.  2- 6-2021  Faro       Netherlands 2-2 Scotland


Total record:

Netherlands          19  9  5  5  28- 15  23
Scotland             19  5  5  9  15- 28  15

Some more stats:

                     Pd  N  D  S  NG- SG

In the Netherlands:   9  4  3  2  16-  7
In Scotland:          6  4  0  2   7-  3
Elsewhere:            4  1  2  1   5-  5

Unofficial Match

In addition to the 19 official matches above, 1 more match was played between the full international sides of the Netherlands and Scotland, in June 1929. It is official for Scotland, and when the match was kicked off, after the playing of both national anthems, all present in the stadium were under the impression it was an official match. However, months later, the N.V.B. (Dutch FA) declared it was not official, a decision taken by N.V.B. president ir. Kips, who was strictly opposed against playing professionals (as the Scots of course were).

See match 146 of the Scottish national team for match details.

Game Date        Venue      Result                      Remark

U 1.  4- 6-1929  Amsterdam  Netherlands 0-2 Scotland    [later annulled by N.V.B.]

Total unofficial record:

Netherlands           1  0  0  1   0-  2   0
Scotland              1  1  0  0   2-  0   2 

Netherlands - List of International Matches
Scotland - List of International Matches

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