Perhaps the best said about England’s showing in these European Championships the better. So, after winning 3-1 against England in Frankfurt, the Soviet Union booked their place in the semi-finals as group winners.
In the second game, there was still all to play for, in Gelsenkirchen, with both Ireland and the Netherlands in with a shout of progressing. Ireland did manage to hit the post from their only corner of the game, but they were always going to be up against it, playing the likes of Gullit, van Basten and Rijkaard. Not to mention Wim Kieft and his off spinning header which eluded Packie Bonner to give the Dutch the game.
And that was that, the Soviet Union would play Italy whilst the Dutch would face their friends and neighbours West Germany.