USSR overpower Czechoslovakia to reach EURO 1960 final

Czechoslovakia 0-3 USSR
Two Valentin Ivanov goals and one from Viktor Ponedelnik set up a final against Yugoslavia.

1960 highlights: Czechoslovakia 0-3 USSR
1960 highlights: Czechoslovakia 0-3 USSR

The Soviet Union's robust style proved too much for Czechoslovakia, a 3-0 victory booking the USSR's place against Yugoslavia in the inaugural UEFA European Championship final.

Though Czechoslovakia had rough diamonds of their own in Ladislav Novák and Ján Popluhár, and the skilful Josef Masopust could run all day, they were unable to match their opponents' penetration up front. Two goals from Valentin Ivanov and one from Viktor Ponedelnik ultimately proved the difference in Marseille.

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After a tight opening period Ponedelnik was the first to come close with a 24th-minute shot while Andrej Kvašňák was off the field receiving treatment. A clever run from Ivanov brought the first goal and he added a second after another mazy dribble through the Czech defence. Ponedelnik scored the Soviet Union's third, tapping in after Valentin Bubukin's shot had bounced back off a defender.

Best goals of EURO 1960
Best goals of EURO 1960

Czechoslovakia's problems continued in the 67th minute when Josef Vojta, perhaps awed by Lev Yashin's reputation, shot wide from the penalty spot. The Soviet Union had established themselves as strong favourites for the showpiece.

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Lineups

Czechoslovakia: Schrojf; Šafránek, Popluhár, Novák (c); Buberník, Masopust; Moravčík; Vojta, Kvašňák, Bubník, Dolinský
Substitutes: none
Coach: Rudolf Vytlačil

USSR: Yashin; Chokheli, Maslyonkin, Krutikov; Voynov, Netto (c); Metreveli, Ivanov, Ponedelnik, Bubukin, Meskhi
Substitutes: none
Coach: Gavriil Kachalin

Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

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