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Kieft's bizarre effort shatters Irish dreams

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.18CET
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Netherlands
Wim Kieft's freak 82nd-minute winner took Rinus Michels' side through to the 1988 UEFA European Championship semi-finals at Ireland's expense.
Kieft's bizarre effort shatters Irish dreams
Netherlands goalscorer Wim Kieft ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.18CET

Kieft's bizarre effort shatters Irish dreams

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Netherlands
Wim Kieft's freak 82nd-minute winner took Rinus Michels' side through to the 1988 UEFA European Championship semi-finals at Ireland's expense.

The Netherlands were grateful for Wim Kieft's freak 82nd-minute winner as Rinus Michels' side advanced to the 1988 UEFA European Championship semi-finals at the Republic of Ireland's expense.

With the exit door looming for the Oranje's campaign, Ronald Koeman drove a volley straight into the ground, which bounced up for Kieft to get in a glancing header. The ball seemed sure to go wide but there was so much spin on it that it jagged back remarkably inside Pat Bonner's left-hand post. The Dutch lived to fight another day; Ireland returned home chastened.

Jack Charlton's side, making their bow in the finals, had cause to feel aggrieved. Indeed, they had come closest to scoring in Gelsenkirchen from their only corner of the match. Paul McGrath rose majestically above the defence and headed the ball firmly down against the base of the post. A last ditch intervention by Gerald Vanenburgh prevented the ball spinning over the goal line.

McGrath was imperious, a colossus with bad knees. Injury to right-back Chris Morris forced him to vacate his midfield berth for this game as cover but he was as influential as ever – at both ends. He did not deserve to be a footnote for the winner, as with desperate Dutch pressure mounting it was his header that Ronald Koeman unintentionally turned towards Kieft.

The underdogs had gone out with glory, and their fans enjoyed the occasion to the very end, singing and chanting at the stadium for half an hour after full time. The orange half of the ground breathed a collective sigh of relief – their time would come.

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
BonnerPat Bonner
1
Van BreukelenHans van Breukelen
2
MorrisChris Morris
Substitution46
2
Van TiggelenAdri van Tiggelen
3
HughtonChris Hughton
4
KoemanRonald Koeman
4
McCarthyMick McCarthy
6
Van AerleBerry van Aerle
5
MoranKevin Moran
7
VanenburgGerald Vanenburg
6
WhelanRonnie Whelan
8
MührenArnold Mühren
Substitution79
7
McGrathPaul McGrath
10
GullitRuud Gullit (C)
8
HoughtonRay Houghton
12
Van BastenMarco van Basten
9
AldridgeJohn Aldridge
14
KieftWim Kieft
Substitution50
Goal82
10
StapletonFrank Stapleton (C)
Substitution83
17
RijkaardFrank Rijkaard
11
GalvinTony Galvin
20
WoutersJan Wouters
Yellow Card60

Substitutes

12
CascarinoTony Cascarino
Substitution83
9
BosmanJohn Bosman
Substitution79
15
SheedyKevin Sheedy
Substitution46
11
Van 't SchipJohn van 't Schip
16
PeytonGerry Peyton
13
KoemanErwin Koeman
Substitution50
17
ByrneJohn Byrne
16
HieleJoop Hiele
20
QuinnNiall Quinn
18
SuvrijnWilbert Suvrijn

Coach

Jack Charlton (ENG) Rinus Michels (NED)

Referee

Horst Brummeier (AUT)

Assistant referees

Helmut Kohl (AUT), Heinz Holzmann (AUT)

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