Friday 17 June 1988

The thing about tournament football is the way it extends the football season for that extra little bit.  Tonight, after a hard week at it with A Level exams, it was good to have some more footy to look forward to.

There was a choice of the Group A games between West Germany and Spain or Italy and Denmark.  Both were north versus south encounters, but on paper the hosts versus Spain looked the best for me.  So there was I, glued to the TV as Rudi Völler did his bit with the two goals that took the West Germans into the semi finals.

Due to the Italians replicating the score in their game, with goals by Altobelli and De Agostini, the West Germans would be top of the group to face the second placed team from England’s group whilst Italy would face the winners of England’s group. Since England could be neither of those teams it was all pretty academic to me.

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