Euro 72 – classic matches

West Germany 2-1 Belgium
Despite Belgium playing at home the German fans flooded the stadium and drowned any noise made by the home supporters. Belgium started the match reasonably well, containing the German attack for the first twenty minutes however Gerd Muller headed the ball into the net. Early on in the second half, Belgium put the West German goal under a tremendous amount of pressure but Maier, kept the home forwards at bay with a string of brilliant saves. With twenty minutes remaining Muller struck home again when he beat both the Belgian defence and Piot to a Netzer long ball and struck the ball firmly into the Belgium net. Shortly after Polleunis passed the unsighted Maier for what proved to only be a mere consolation goal for the hosts.

West Germany 3-0 USSR - Final
The final between West Germany and USSR in Brussels was virtually in front of a German Supporting crowd. Gerd Muller once again proved why he was Europe’s leading marksmen of that period. The West German, controlled by Netzer and Beckenbauer in both defense and midfield, did not allow the Russians to settle down and seemed successful to mount their attacks at will. The West Germans broke free of the Russian defense on two occasions in the first 15 minutes, Rudakov helped keep the score line goalless until late in the first half as Muller chested a cross down and slid the ball into the Russian net. The second half saw the Germans step up a few gears and Wimmer, playing brilliantly in the midfield, took a perfect return pass from Heynckes and rifled a shot into the corner of the net. The Germans however were not finished, five minutes later, Muller once again created space for himself to send Rudakov the wrong way for his second goal of the match.

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