Wednesday 15 June 1988

More action in Group B now as first England took on the Netherlands in Düsseldorf, followed by the Ireland versus Soviet Union tie.

Having lost their opening game the Dutch were keen to make amends against an England team which had also lost theirs.  Marco van Basten opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, so no clean sheet for Shilts on his 100th appearance, before  Bryan Robson levelled things before ten minutes of the second half had elapsed.  But that was the high water mark of the whole tournament for England as van Basten notched twice more to complete his hat trick.

In the other game in Hanover, Ronnie “Dusty” Whelan shinned the Irish into a first half lead.  In the second half, Oleg Protasov secured a point for the Soviets with his neat finish under Packie Bonner in the Irish goal.

So that was it, we could now move on to the final group games with three of the four teams still in with a shout of advancing to the semi-finals.  Sorry England.  Or should that be sorry, England… Nope, I’ll stick with sorry England.

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