Wednesday 22 June 1988

In the second semi-final we saw perennial tournament long stayers Italy come up against the first winners of the European Football Championships, the USSR.

However, this was to be the end of the line for the Italians.  Two goals in four second half minutes from Ukrainians Gennadiy Lytovchenko followed by Oleg Protasov were enough to knock the stuffing out of the Azzuri’s challenge.

And that was pretty much that.  We were now just waiting for the final.  Having beaten the Netherlands in the group stage, would the Soviets be able to repeat the dose for the Dutch, or would the tables be turned?  Only three days to go…

Oh, and by the way, I had finished my A Levels now, so all I was waiting for in that respect were my results.

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