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Best Footy Scores. Marco van Basten at the 1988 UEFA European Championship final.

By Serchanto. Last revised: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Best Footy Scores. Marco van Basten at the 1988 UEFA European Championship final.



Footy Scores is starting a review of the greatest goals in footy history. The first goal we are going to remember was scored by Marco van Basten, in 1988 UEFA Euro final.

The championship was held in West Germany and consisted of eight teams. Group A featured the hosts, Italy, Spain and Denmark, with West Germany and Italy progressing to the semi finals. Group B consisted of Soviet Union, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and England. USSR and Netherlands made it to the semi final.

West Germany lost to Netherlands while USSR defeated Italy to setup the final game: Netherlands – USSR. This was a rematch of a group game these two teams played earlier in the tournament, that game was won by USSR by a score of 1:0. The Dutch took their revenge winning the final 2:0 with Marco van Basten scoring a memorable goal.

Here is what he had to say about it years later: “The goal I made was from a long ball. I was already a bit tired, so when I had to stop the ball and dribble, instead I just gave it a try and it went in a special way in the goal. ”
His teammates Ruud Gullit and Ronald Koeman were impressed. Ruud Gullit: “It was a great goal. You can try it a hundred times and you can never hit it again.


Best Footy Scores. Marco van Basten at the 1988 UEFA European Championship final.
It was a magic goal from van Basten. It has to happen and we had to win it. It was our destiny. ” Ronald Koeman: “It was a little bit difficult for van Basten because normally you cannot shot from that distance and angle, it is very difficult, but to make a decision to shot to the far post. It was a great moment. ”

Below you can watch this great volley which still inspires to this day.


















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