Tuesday 21 June 1988

Semi-final number one saw the small matter of a local derby between (two countries!) West Germany and the Netherlands.

Fortunately it didn’t degenerate in quite the way that the teams’ tie in Italia 90 was to do, but unfortunately it didn’t really do much more than smoulder either.

After an exchange of penalties, the game was decided with a moment of pure class though, as Marco van Basten took Jan Wouters’ pass to sweep his right footed finish past Eike Immel.  With only two minutes remaining on the clock, the precipice was too sheer for the West Germans to climb.  The Dutch were headed to Munich.

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