West Ger­many 3 Eng­land 2

Beaten fi­nal­ists four years ear­lier, Ger­many come from be­hind to take re­venge on Eng­land in Mex­ico

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Four years af­ter they met in the World Cup Fi­nal at Wem­b­ley, West Ger­many and Eng­land came face-to-face again for a place in the semi-fi­nals in Mex­ico.

Both teams started the match with five sur­vivors from their 1966 en­counter but, cru­cially, Eng­land were with­out their first-choice goal­keeper Gor­don Banks, who was taken ill with food poi­son­ing on the eve of the game.

“Hel­mut Schoen re­peated the er­ror he made in the 1966 World Cup Fi­nal when he gave his ace mid­field player [Franz] Beck­en­bauer the job of mark­ing Bobby Charl­ton,” wrote Eric Batty in World

Soc­cer. “This robbed the Ger­man at­tack of Beck­en­bauer’s close sup­port.

“But when Alf Ramsey pulled Bobby Charl­ton off, this left Beck­en­bauer free to come for­ward more – and he above all caused se­ri­ous prob­lems for Eng­land.”

Batty con­tin­ued: “Ev­ery­thing seemed to be go­ing well [for Eng­land] un­til in the sec­ond half the ma­chine ap­peared to blow a fuse.

“Win­ning 2-0 with more than an hour gone, three things oc­curred which com­bined within a few min­utes to change the pat­tern of the game and the fi­nal re­sult.

“Colin Bell re­placed Bobby Charl­ton, Franz Beck­en­bauer scored for West Ger­many and Peter Bonetti, usu­ally so calm and con­fi­dent for Chelsea, made a ba­sic er­ror.

“Had Gor­don Banks been in goal for Eng­land I am con­fi­dent that he would have pre­vented both the Ger­man goals scored in or­di­nary time and Eng­land would have won 2-0 and passed into the semi-fi­nals.”

Chance...Fran­cis Lee (cen­tre, dark shirt) goes close for Eng­land

De­jected...Eng­land skip­per Bobby Moore

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