Germany v USSR, 18 June 1972

Score3-0 to Germany
RefereeFerdinand Marschall
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Final
VenueKing Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance43,437
Kick Off: 16:00 Local The Soviet Union must have feared the worst. Gerd Müller had scored all the goals in a 4-1 win against them the previous month, and now three quarters of the crowd were German. West Germany's three most influential players were all involved in the first goal, Franz Beckenbauer bringing the ball out from the back and Günter Netzer volleying almost nonchalantly against the bar. Evgeni Rudakov produced a brilliant save to keep out the rebound but there was Müller to control before pushing it in. More than one English newspaper had wondered if Müller would have enough support against such a tight defence, but they missed the point. He preferred to be left alone, with no partner to invade his space. With other players taking defenders away (two wingers and Uli Hoeness running from midfield), he was left free to roam the penalty area alone. His tally of 68 goals in 62 internationals is an astounding total in such a defensive era. He scored another in the second half, Germany's third, after Georg Schwarzenbeck had made a rare appearance in the opposition penalty area and attempted a one-two. When the ball broke to Müller it was all but academic and little more than Helmut Schön's side deserved. There might have been more goals if the wonderfully arrogant Netzer had not been caught in possession so often in the first half or if Hoeness had not hit the woodwork when the score was still 0-0. Murtaz Khurtsilava rumbled forward to hit the bar and force a full-length save from Sepp Maier, but by then Herbert Wimmer, Netzer's fetcher and carrier, had scored the goal he deserved. It came after a Heynckes pass – but only thanks to a rare mistake by Rudakov, every bit Lev Yashin's successor with his black jersey and elasticity, only to palm the unexceptional low shot up into the net. Not much else of West Germany's performance in Brussels was unexceptional. "We didn't fear the Russians in the final," Müller said later. "Everything worked well. The team worked, the coach worked, it was great. The team was on a roll and we won. That final was the best of the lot."

3  Germany

Manager: Helmut Schon

0  USSR

Manager: Aleksandr Ponomarev

Goals:

Gerd Müller 27 G
Herbert Wimmer 52 G
Gerd Müller 58 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sepp Maier
Defender Franz Beckenbauer (captain)
Defender Paul Breitner
Midfielder Uli Hoeness
Midfielder Gunter Netzer
Forward Jupp Heynckes
Forward Erwin Kremers
Forward Gerd Müller
Forward Herbert Wimmer

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Yevgeni Rudakov
Defender Yuri Istomin
Midfielder Anatoli Baidachni
Midfielder Murtaz Khurtzilava (captain)
Midfielder Viktor Kolotov
Midfielder Anatoliy Konkov

Substitutions:

Substitutions:

Oleg Dolmatov for Anatoli Baidachni 46
Eduard Kozinkevich for Anatoli Baidachni 66

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Wolfgang Kleff
Defender Michael Bella
Midfielder Rainer Bonhof
Forward Johannes Löhr

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Vladimir Pilguy
Defender Viktor Matvienko
Midfielder Oleg Dolmatov
Midfielder Vladimir Muntyan