Belgium v Spain, 15 June 1980

Score2-1 to Belgium
RefereeCharles Corver
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueGiuseppe Meazza, Milan
Attendance11,430
Kick Off: 17:45 Local (16:45 BST) Underdogs in a group containing two former champions, Belgium beat Spain 2-1 to put themselves in pole position to reach the final. As was the case in Spain's opening goalless draw against Italy, sweeper José Ramón Alexanko stayed deep, allowing Belgium the room they needed to threaten on the counterattack. Ahead through Erik Gerets, Guy Thys' side were pegged back by Quini before half-time but secured the victory through Julien Cools' effort midway through the second half. That slender lead was one Belgium never surrendered, though it could have been far more comfortable if they had been more clinical in the opening period, François Van Der Elst and Erwin Vandenbergh particularly guilty of spurning opportunities. Gerets, one of the great right-backs, showed his forward colleagues how it was done on 17 minutes, however, racing upfield and scoring with a low finish. Spain drew level nine minutes before the interval, Quini heading Juanito's lofted free-kick across goal and past Jean-Marie Pfaff, but the departure of Juan Manuel Asensi proved a disruption to the Roja's midfield rhythm from which they never recovered. Belgium remained in charge and duly went in front once more with 25 minutes left. Jan Ceulemans, in the thick of things as always, broke away on the right and delivered a cross which was deflected en route to the penalty area. Goalkeeper Luis Arconada hesitated under pressure from Van der Elst and Cools was on hand to put the ball into the roof of the net. Unless Italy won by two goals that evening, the group outsiders would need only a draw against the Azzurri to reach the showpiece.

2  Belgium

Manager: Guy Thijs

1  Spain

Manager: Ladislao Kubala

Goals:

Eric Gerets 16 G
Julien Cools 64 G

Goals:

Quini 36 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff
Defender Eric Gerets
Defender Walter Meeuws
Defender Luc Millecamps
Defender Michel Renquin
Midfielder Julien Cools (captain)
Midfielder Wilfried Van Moer
Midfielder Rene Vandereycken
Forward Jan Ceulemans

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Arconada
Defender Alexanko
Defender Gordillo
Defender Migueli
Defender Tendillo
Midfielder Asensi (captain)
Midfielder Jesus Zamora
Midfielder Juanito
Forward Quini
Forward Satrústegui
Forward Saura

Substitutions:

Raymond Mommens for Wilfried Van Moer 80
Rene Verheyen for Erwin Vandenbergh 81

Substitutions:

Del Bosque for Asensi 37
Carrasco for Tendillo 78

Cards:

Cards:

Asensi Y
Migueli 29 Y

On the bench:

Defender Rene Verheyen
Midfielder Raymond Mommens

On the bench:

Midfielder Del Bosque
Forward Carrasco