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USSR's Rats rattles Dutch in opener

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.25CET
Netherlands 0-1 USSR
Heavily fancied to go all the way, the Dutch were condemned to defeat by Vasiliy Rats' 52nd-minute opener in this Group 2 opener.
USSR's Rats rattles Dutch in opener
Rinat Dasayev made a string of crucial saves against the Netherlands ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.25CET

USSR's Rats rattles Dutch in opener

Netherlands 0-1 USSR
Heavily fancied to go all the way, the Dutch were condemned to defeat by Vasiliy Rats' 52nd-minute opener in this Group 2 opener.

The Netherlands may have been many people's favourites for the tournament, but a Soviet Union team with Valery Lobonovsky at the helm was never likely to be one to bow to reputation.

Lobonovsky's FC Dynamo Kyiv sides had played brilliant football to lift the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1986, and as far back as 1975, winning the final 3-0 on both occasions, but it was a different approach which reaped reward this time. Though seven minutes after half-time that Vasiliy Rats struck the only goal of this Group 2 opener, it was the opening period which laid the foundation for such an impressive success.

Rinat Dasayev pulled off a string of fine saves prior to the interval, but Lobonovsky's strategy of packing the midfield, thus reducing the Dutch to a long-ball game so alien to them, had the most telling impact. Job done in the first half, two of the USSR's very own splendid talents then came to the fore.

Rats and Ihor Belanov, who had scored spectacular goals in the last FIFA World Cup, combined for the only one in Cologne. Rats hit a long ball, Belanov drew the defence to the left, and his reverse pass was volleyed low into the far corner.

Marco van Basten went on to make an iconic impact on the tournament but was not an automatic choice at this juncture, with Jacobus Bosman, who had scored heavily in the qualifiers, preferred. Rinus Michels did turn to Van Basten just before the hour, though, and it was the AC Milan striker who went closest to claiming an equaliser when he headed against the bar with seven minutes remaining.

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

USSR

USSR

1
Van BreukelenHans van Breukelen
1
DasayevRinat Dasayev (C)
2
Van TiggelenAdri van Tiggelen
2
BezsonovVolodymyr Bezsonov
4
R. KoemanRonald Koeman
3
KhidiyatullinVagiz Khidiyatullin
Yellow Card40
6
Van AerleBerry van Aerle
4
KuznetsovOleh Kuznetsov
7
VanenburgGerald Vanenburg
Substitution59
5
DemianenkoAnatoliy Demianenko
8
MührenArnold Mühren
6
RatsVasiliy Rats
Goal52
9
BosmanJohn Bosman
8
LytovchenkoGennadiy Lytovchenko
Yellow Card21
10
GullitRuud Gullit (C)
9
ZavarovOlexandr Zavarov
Substitution90
11
Van 't SchipJohn van 't Schip
10
ProtasovOleh Protasov
17
RijkaardFrank Rijkaard
11
BelanovIhor Belanov
Substitution82
20
WoutersJan Wouters
15
MykhailychenkoOleksiy Mykhailychenko

Substitutes

3
TroostSjaak Troost
7
AleinikovSergei Aleinikov
Substitution82
12
Van BastenMarco van Basten
Substitution59
13
SulakvelidzeTengiz Sulakvelidze
Substitution90
13
E. KoemanErwin Koeman
14
SukristovasViačeslavas Sukristovas
16
HieleJoop Hiele
16
ChanovViktor Chanov
18
SuvrijnWilbert Suvrijn
19
BaltachaSerhiy Baltacha

Coach

Rinus Michels (NED) Valeriy Lobanovskiy (UKR)

Referee

Dieter Pauly (GER)

Assistant referees

Karl-Heinz Tritschler (GER), Aron Schmidhuber (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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