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Monday, 26 June, 2000, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Kluivert robbed of goal record
Kluivert's third goal has been ruled an own goal
Kluivert's third goal has been ruled an own goal
Uefa has confirmed that Patrick Kluivert did not score Holland's third goal in the 6-1 romp against Yugoslavia.

The Barcelona striker celebrated his hat-trick in the Euro 2000 quarter-final after racing towards a near-post cross from Paul Bosvelt.

But he later admitted he did not touch the ball, instead it flew into the net off Yugoslav Dejan Govedarica for an own goal.

Referee Jose Maria Garcia Aranda gave the goal to Kluivert and after scoring again he looked destined to go down in history as the first player to score four in a European Championship finals game.

Honestly. I have to say the defender touched it before me so really I only scored three goals

Patrick Kluivert

But he will have to settle for becoming the fifth player to score a hat-trick rather than the first to score four.

European football's governing body made the decision after its technical study group studied the television footage of the goal from a number of angles.

It also means Kluivert joins Yugoslavia's Savo Milosevic as Euro 2000's leading scorer on five goals.

Kluivert himself admitted he had not scored the third goal.

He said: "Honestly. I have to say the defender touched it before me so really I only scored three goals tonight."

Holland play Italy in the semi-final on Thursday.

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