SEMIFINAL 1 - Portugal vs. Netherlands
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The Netherlands will accept nothing less than victory in its Euro 2004 semifinal against Portugal, coach Dick Advocaat said Monday.
"That's what the players are saying. If we come this far, the only prize is the final," Advocaat said. "It's one game to win to make the final, that's the way they want to think and change things that happened in the past," he said, referring to the Netherlands' elimination in the semifinals of Euro 2000.
The Dutch beat Sweden on penalties in the quarterfinal Saturday and now face Portugal in Lisbon Wednesday.
The team has a number of veteran stars like Jaap Stam, Frank de Boer and Marc Overmars who will quit international soccer after Euro 2004 but have yet to win an international title. Advocaat said they've "already seen the semifinals" in other tournaments, and want to win this time.
SEMIFINAL 2 - Greece vs. Czech Republic
Greece vs. Czech Republic
They beat host Portugal, knocked out highly fancied Spain and ended the reign of defending champion France. As the surprise team of Euro 2004, Greece now aims at the Czech Republic with high hopes and little pressure.