It was the concluding match in World Cup Group F which had all four teams, England v Egypt was the other tie, with identical records before kick-off.
And Ireland couldn’t have made a worse start as the European champions illustrated why they were the Continent’s finest with an exquisite goal after only 10 minutes.
“I knew I had a chance to score once the ball broke and I did not want to miss. I said ‘don’t mess it up’.”
Holland got the Germans. Scotland and Austria prepared to go home.