Marco Van Basten stuns the Soviets with THAT volley.
It was the final of Euro 1988, it was the Soviet Union v the Netherlands and the Olympiastadion in Berlin was the venue. The Soviet Union had blazed a trail through the tournament and took to the pitch as favourites against the very team they had defeated 1-0, through a Vasyl Rats goal, in the group stage of the tournament.
After disposing of the hosts West Germany in the semi-finals, could the likes of Koeman, Gullit, Rijkaard and van Basten lift the Dutch out of the slump that they had suffered since Johan Cruyff and the 1976 team had been so cruelly denied?
The key to the Dutch succeeding was always going to be focussed around Marco van Basten. The AC Milan striker, who was just 23 years old at the time, had already put his stamp on the tournament with four goals in the first four games.
The final was a tight affair in Berlin, but he Soviets cracked first after 32 minutes when Ruud Gullit put the Dutch into the lead with a header worthy of an iconic Euro moment on its' own.
Michels’ side would take that advantage into the break before a moment of magic just short of the hour mark which will be remembered forever. Arnold Muhren ran onto a pass on the left wing after 54 minutes. With his left foot he played a hopeful, floating ball into the box which looked to have evaded everyone else.
Van Basten tracked the flight of the ball across the box towards the back post and with it dropping towards the byline and at a seemingly impossible angle, van Basten met it. With a swipe of his right boot he connected perfectly to fire a ferocious volley over the head of Soviet goalkeeper Rinat Dasayev and into the far top corner.
It was a goal worthy of any occasion, and not least the final of a major international tournament and is one of the most iconic goals of all time.
The reaction of Rinus Michels on the Dutch bench demonstrated just how unbelievable a goal it was. The manager jumped from his seat but instead of celebrating he simply walked forward, hand over his mouth in disbelief at the moment of genius he had just witnessed.
With that the Soviets were beaten and the Netherlands lifted their first – and to date only – major title.