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Van Basten ends Dutch wait

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.07CET
Soviet Union 0-2 Netherlands
Having set up Ruud Gullit for the opener, Marco van Basten's incredible volley sealed the Oranje's long-awaited first major title.

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.07CET

Van Basten ends Dutch wait

Soviet Union 0-2 Netherlands
Having set up Ruud Gullit for the opener, Marco van Basten's incredible volley sealed the Oranje's long-awaited first major title.

The 1988 UEFA European Championship concluded pretty much as it had begun, with a meeting between the Soviet Union and the Netherlands – on-song Marco van Basten ensured there would be no repeat of the USSR's group stage triumph, though.

Van Basten was left out of the 1-0 defeat, but had become the first name on the team sheet since and was at his inspirational best in the Munich final. His gravity-defying header set up Ruud Gullit for the opener before a moment of poise and class that will inspire admirations for decades to come, lashing in a stunning volley from the acutest of angles. It sealed a 2-0 victory and the Oranje's long-awaited first major title.

A final packed with players of the highest class – eight of them from FC Dynamo Kyiv – was slow coming to life. For the Soviet Union it never really did, from the moment Gennadiy Litovchenko beat a man but hit his shot straight at Hans van Breukelen. Within two minutes the Netherlands were in front.

Erwin Koeman took a corner on the right; when it was headed out, he crossed to the far post. With the defence coming out to play offside, Van Basten craned his neck to square towards the unmarked Gullit, whose own header beat Rinat Dasayev for power rather than accuracy. The game went back into its shell, with few real chances – but how the Dutch took theirs on 54 minutes.

A bad touch by Olexandr Zavarov allowed Adri van Tiggelen to intercept and feed Arnold Mühren, playing his last international match, wide on the left. His instant high cross went deep across the Soviet penalty area and when the ball reached him, Van Basten was eight metres from goal and only five or six from the right-hand goal line, with no obvious option except a cross towards Gullit.

Instead, full of confidence, he hit an astonishing top-spin volley over the head of the best goalkeeper in Europe and just inside the far post. Even the 'neutral' West Germans, whose own aspirations were ended by the Netherlands in the last four, rose at the Olympiastadion to applaud; yet to their credit the USSR refused to lie down.

They could have halved the deficit when Van Breukelen needlessly brought down Sergey Gotsmanov. The goalkeeper made amends, as 1986 European Footballer of the Year Igor Belanov's long run-up did more to upset his own rhythm than terrify Van Breukelen, who blocked the low shot.

A month earlier, his penalty save had won the European Champion Clubs' Cup for PSV Eindhoven. This time he had to make do with a key support role in the Van Basten show.

Last updated: 22/05/12 10.55CET

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Lineups

USSR

USSR

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
DasayevRinat Dasayev (C)
1
Van BreukelenHans van Breukelen
3
KhidiyatullinVagiz Khidiyatullin
Yellow Card42
2
Van TiggelenAdri van Tiggelen
5
DemianenkoAnatoliy Demianenko
Yellow Card31
4
KoemanRonald Koeman
6
RatsVasiliy Rats
6
Van AerleBerry van Aerle
Yellow Card50
7
AleinikovSergei Aleinikov
7
VanenburgGerald Vanenburg
8
LytovchenkoGennadiy Lytovchenko
Yellow Card33
8
MührenArnold Mühren
9
ZavarovOlexandr Zavarov
10
GullitRuud Gullit (C)
Goal32
10
ProtasovOleh Protasov
Substitution71
12
Van BastenMarco van Basten
Goal54
11
BelanovIhor Belanov
13
KoemanErwin Koeman
15
MykhailychenkoOleksiy Mykhailychenko
17
RijkaardFrank Rijkaard
18
GotsmanovSergei Gotsmanov
Substitution68
20
WoutersJan Wouters
Yellow Card37

Substitutes

12
SukristovasViačeslavas Sukristovas
9
BosmanJohn Bosman
13
SulakvelidzeTengiz Sulakvelidze
11
Van 't SchipJohn van 't Schip
16
ChanovViktor Chanov
14
KieftWim Kieft
19
BaltachaSerhiy Baltacha
Substitution68
16
HieleJoop Hiele
20
PasulkoViktor Pasulko
Substitution71
18
SuvrijnWilbert Suvrijn

Coach

Valeriy Lobanovskiy (UKR) Rinus Michels (NED)

Referee

Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Assistant referees

Gérard Biguet (FRA), Rémi Harrel (FRA)

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