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Kharin heroics help CIS halt Netherlands in EURO 1992 Group 1

Netherlands 0-0 CIS
Dmitri Kharin starred in another defensive display for the CIS.

Dmitri Kharin commanding his area against the Netherlands
Dmitri Kharin commanding his area against the Netherlands Icon Sport via Getty Images

A 0-0 draw between the Netherlands and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) left Scotland's EURO '92 elimination as the only certainty going into the final round of games in Group B.

Anatoli Byshovets had fielded an unyielding side as the team representing the former Soviet Union drew 1-1 against Germany in their opening game, and despite adding a second forward against the reigning European champions, they risked even less against the Oranje. Tellingly, dangerous Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis was used to mark Bryan Roy.

EURO 1992: All you need to know

Dmitri Kharin made important saves from Dennis Bergkamp (twice), Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten's back-header. One of Ronald Koeman's fearsome free-kicks went close and Van Basten had a goal disallowed after running from behind Akhrik Tsveiba to head in a cross from Jan Wouters. The result left both sides knowing a last-day win would seal a semi-final place.

EURO 1992: Team of the Tournament


The Netherlands line up in Stockholm
The Netherlands line up in StockholmIcon Sport via Getty Images

Netherlands: Van Breukelen; Wouters, Van Tiggelen, Ronald Koeman, Van Aerle, Rijkaard; Witschge, Bergkamp (Viscaal 80), Gullit (c) (Van’t Schip 72); Roy, Van Basten
Substitutes: Blind, Kieft, Menzo, Winter, Bosz, Frank De Boer, Jonk
Coach: Rinus Michels

CIS: Kharin; Oleh Kuznetsov, Chernyshov, Kanchelskis; Onopko, Dobrovolski, Tsveiba, Mykhaylychenko (c), Aleynikov (Dmitri Kuznetsov 57); Kolyvanov, Yuran (Kiryakov 65)
Substitutes: Cherchesov, Tskhadadze, Lyuti, Korneev, Ivanov
Coach: Anatoli Byshovets

Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)