Sunday June 12 1988

A double header in Group B saw Ireland take on England in the earlier, afternoon kick off, before the Netherlands took on the Soviet Union.

Both games finished 1-0 to the relatively unfancied teams. To deal with the British Isles clash first: Glaswegian Irishman Ray Houghton did his bit for Scotland, sorry Ireland after just 6 minutes as Bobby Robson’s England team were defeated.

This was to be a dreadful tournament for England, but the currency that he had built up from England’s decent performance and ultimately dodgy departure from Mexico 86 probably saved his job. Not that the boys in the press would have seen it that way…

In the other game in Cologne, Vasyl Rats’ goal on 52 minutes was enough to beat the star studded Dutch team of Rijkaard, van Basten, Gullit et al. More of them later…

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