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Hässler spares Germany CIS defeat

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.05CET
CIS 1-1 Germany
Thomas Hässler earned a point for the world champions against a side representing the former Soviet Union.
Hässler spares Germany CIS defeat
Thomas Hässler left it late to level for Germany ©Getty Images

Match statistics

USSRGermany

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:09 CET

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.05CET

Hässler spares Germany CIS defeat

CIS 1-1 Germany
Thomas Hässler earned a point for the world champions against a side representing the former Soviet Union.

Thomas Hässler struck at the death to earn a share of the points for world champions Germany in their opening EURO '92 game against a defensive side representing the former Soviet Union.

Jürgen Klinsmann, standing on the edge of the wall, ducked when Hässler took his 90th-minute free-kick, and the ball was whipped over him and into the top right corner. It was a tremendous strike by the best player on the day, and cancelled out Igor Dobrovolskiy's penalty opener for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The Soviet Union qualified for the finals before the nation was dissolved at the end of 1991. The team competed as the CIS at the finals, and their chances of beating Germany – much improved despite the absence of the injured Lothar Matthäus – received a lift when Rudi Völler broke his arm in a challenge with Oleh Kuznetzov, though he stayed on the pitch long enough to get a head to a Hässler cross.

Anatoliy Byshovets's CIS deployed a curious defence-oriented strategy, with Dobrovolskiy pushed out wide and no central striker, and they flooded the midfield in the hope of a break. The tactic paid dividends when Dobrovolskiy converted a 64th-minute penalty after tangling with Stefan Reuter in the area. The stage was set for a shock result, but Hässler kept his head.

Last updated: 24/01/12 11.05CET

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Lineups

USSR

USSR

Germany

Germany

1
KharineDmitri Kharine (GK)
Yellow Card75
1
IllgnerBodo Illgner (GK)
2
ChernyshovAndrei Chernyshov
2
ReuterStefan Reuter
Substitution65
4
TsveibaAkhrik Tsveiba
Yellow Card88
3
BrehmeAndreas Brehme
5
KuznetsovOleh Kuznetsov
4
KohlerJürgen Kohler
6
ShalimovIgor Shalimov
Substitution86
5
BinzManfred Binz
7
MykhailychenkoOleksiy Mykhailychenko (C)
6
BuchwaldGuido Buchwald
8
KanchelskisAndrei Kanchelskis
8
HässlerThomas Hässler
Goal90
10
DobrovolskiIgor Dobrovolski
Goal64
Yellow Card70
9
VöllerRudi Völler (C)
Substitution46
14
LyutyiVolodymyr Lyutyi
Substitution46
10
DollThomas Doll
15
KolyvanovIgor Kolyvanov
11
RiedleKarlheinz Riedle
16
KuznetsovDmitri Kuznetsov
17
EffenbergStefan Effenberg

Substitutes

12
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov (GK)
7
MöllerAndreas Möller
Substitution46
18
OnopkoViktor Onopko
Substitution46
12
KöpkeAndreas Köpke (GK)
20
IvanovAndrei Ivanov
Substitution86
13
ThomAndreas Thom
3
TskhadadzeKakhaber Tskhadadze
14
HelmerThomas Helmer
9
AleinikovSergei Aleinikov
15
FrontzeckMichael Frontzeck
11
YuranSergei Yuran
18
KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann
Substitution65
13
KiryakovSergei Kiryakov
19
SchulzMichael Schulz
17
KorneevIgor Korneev
20
WörnsChristian Wörns
19
LedyakhovIgor Ledyakhov

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Gérard Biguet (FRA)

Assistant referees

Marc Huguenin (FRA), Alain Gourdet (FRA)

Fourth official

Rémi Harrel (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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