Saturday, May 19, 2012

Euro Cup 1988 Semi-final Italy USSR

June 22, 1988
West Germany
68.000 spectators
Referee: Ponnet (Belgie)
Italy:  Zenga, Bergomi, Maldini (64`De Agostini ), Baresi, Ferri, Ancelotti, Donadoni, De Napoli, Mancini (46`Altobelli ), Giannini, Vialli. Coach: Azeglio Vicini.
USSR: Dasaev, Bessonov (35`Demianenko ), Rats, Aleinikov, Kuznetsov, Khidiatullin, Litovchenko, Zavarov, Protasov, Mikhailichenko, Gotsmanov. Coach: Valery Lobanovsky.

The USSR had begun nervously and the game was less than two minutes old when Kuznetsov, imperious at the heart of their defence throughout in West Germany, picked up a yellow card that would rule him out of any final. Yet the identity of the Netherlands' opponents three days later remained hard to guess as the sides went in for half-time at 0-0.
That was a positive portent for the unbeaten Azzurri, whose three group games had also been goalless at the interval – yet it was the USSR that stepped it up. The breakthrough came on 58 minutes, when Kuznetsov advanced deep into Italy's half before laying off for Mykhailychenko. The midfielder scrambled the ball into Litovchenko's feet and although his initial shot was blocked he prodded in the rebound.
Soon it was 2-0, as the diminutive Olexandr Zavarov darted away on the left before squaring the ball to Protasov with the outside of his right boot; the striker needed no invitation. Italy showed resolve, with 23-year-old Gianluca Vialli squandering their best opening, but it was the USSR who booked a final meeting with a Netherlands side they beat 1-0 in their group stage opener.

First Half (duration 00:48:18):®1st.mkv
Second Half ( duration 00:52:10):®2nd.mkv

Video Codec H264/AVC, MKV 
720 х 576, Bitrate 2500 kbps 25.00 fps 
Sound Codec mp3, 128 kbps 44100 Hz, 16 bit, 2 channels
English comment (from the beginning to 75 min.)
French comment (from 75 min. to 90 min.)


  1. It takes days to download from rapidshare unless you open an account. IS it not possible to upload it to mediafire for instance or any other more guest friendly?