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Müller magic sends Germany into final

Published: Friday 3 October 2003, 9.50CET
Belgium 1-2 West Germany
West Germany were in charge for large periods but needed two goals from the predatory Gerd Müller to reach the final at the hosts' expense.
Müller magic sends Germany into final
Gerd Müller's two goals helped him to the top goalscorer honour ©empics

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Published: Friday 3 October 2003, 9.50CET

Müller magic sends Germany into final

Belgium 1-2 West Germany
West Germany were in charge for large periods but needed two goals from the predatory Gerd Müller to reach the final at the hosts' expense.

The narrow margin of victory did not mask West Germany's superiority in their 2-1 victory against Belgium in the 1972 UEFA European Championship semi-finals.

Belgium were looking to follow in the footsteps of the previous two hosts, Italy and Spain, who had both lifted the trophy on home soil, but fell short of the showpiece. They had their chances – Odilon Polleunis converting late on – but two goals from the predatory Gerd Müller had already done the damage for the vastly more experienced German outfit.

In truth, West Germany were in a different class, even experienced Belgium defender Georges Heylens struggling to subdue them. Erwin Kremers proved a particular menace early on, beating two defenders before forcing a save from Christian Piot, who then missed a low cross from Jupp Heynckes which Müller could not quite reach. The great man soon made amends, though, heading in Günter Netzer's lob when Piot missed his punch.

Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer assumed control of the game after half-time, slowing it down to his team's pace, while Netzer was pulling the strings upfield. Indeed, the latter also set up Germany's second, pinging the ball into the penalty area and to Müller, who controlled before finishing past Piot.

Jean Dockx, a defender by trade, tried hard in midfield but was no Wilfried Van Moer; Raoul Lambert and Paul van Himst had their moments; and Polleunis scored from close range with seven minutes left. It was merely a coat of gloss for Belgium, however, with Heynckes' wild shot over when clean through summing up their day.

Last updated: 10/11/11 14.27CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

West Germany

West Germany

1
PiotChristian Piot (GK)
1
MaierSepp Maier (GK)
2
HeylensGeorges Heylens
2
HöttgesHorst-Dieter Höttges
3
DolmansLéon Dolmans
3
BreitnerPaul Breitner
4
ThissenJean Thissen
4
SchwarzenbeckHans-Georg Schwarzenbeck
5
VandendaeleErwin Vandendaele
Yellow Card17
5
BeckenbauerFranz Beckenbauer (C)
6
DockxJean Dockx
6
WimmerHerbert Wimmer
7
SemmelingLéon Semmeling
8
U. HoenessUli Hoeness
Substitution59
8
MartensMaurice Martens
Substitution70
9
HeynckesJupp Heynckes
9
LambertRaoul Lambert
10
NetzerGünter Netzer
10
Van HimstPaul Van Himst (C)
11
KremersErwin Kremers
11
VerheyenJan Verheyen
13
G. MüllerGerd Müller
Goal24
Goal71

Substitutes

12
SandersLuc Sanders (GK)
7
GrabowskiJürgen Grabowski
Substitution59
13
Van BinstGilbert Van Binst
14
VogtsBerti Vogts
14
PolleunisOdilon Polleunis
Substitution70
Goal83
15
BonhofRainer Bonhof
15
TeugelsJacques Teugels
17
LöhrJohannes Löhr
16
ThioJohny Thio
22
KleffWolfgang Kleff (GK)

Coach

Raymond Goethals (BEL) Helmut Schön (GER)

Referee

William J. Mullan (SCO)

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