England, current World Cup holders, scrambled into the last eight of the current Mexico series on the strength of a second half penalty against Czechoslovakia tonight (Thursday).
GV Czechoslovakia kick off in second half playing left to right, attack and ball out of play
MV Bobby Charlton
GV England attack and Czech back handles ball (slow motion)
GV Clarke scores from penalty
SV Clarke congratulated
GV England supporters
LV Czech player fouled near goal-line
SV England goalkeeper Banks prepares for free kick
GV Banks saves from Jock
GV Allan Ball hits crossbar
SV Ball retreats
GV Czech goalkeeper saves from England free kick
SV Keeper throws out and England regain possession (2 shots)
GV Czechs win free kick on right
GV Header from free kick just wide
GV & SV Czechs attack and Banks pushes shot onto crossbar (3 shots part slow motion)
GV & SV Free kick awarded to Czechs
GV Free kick just wide of goal
GV End of play, reforce
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Background: England, current World Cup holders, scrambled into the last eight of the current Mexico series on the strength of a second half penalty against Czechoslovakia tonight (Thursday). Striker Allan Clarke, making his World Cup debut at Guadalajara, hammered the penalty into the Czech net to give England a scarcely merited 1-0 victory.
The only goal came in the 48th minute. Ladislav Kuna was penalised for handling the ball in the penalty area after momentarily losing balance. The Czechs protested briefly. Them 22-year-old Clarke coolly teed up the ball and gave goalkeeper Victor no chance with the spot kick.
The penalty followed a scrappy and undistinguished first half, with England tense and nervous as they struggled for the point necessary to win them a quarter final place.
Even Bobby Charlton, equalling the England record of 105 international appearances, had an unhappy game and was replaced by substitute Alan Ball early in the second half.
England's goal brought the game to life. Czechoslovakia at last began to show attacking initiative. Petras, always a threat, hit the crossbar from a free kick. Goalkeeper Banks tipped a fierce drive from Dobias against the crossbar.
At the other end, Ball and Cooper inspired some spirited England attacks. But the scoring touch once again eluded the English forwards.
As a result of the game, England take second place behind Brazil in the Guadalajara-based group Three. The quarter finals will bring a repeat of the 1966 World Cup final, with England playing West Germany in Leon.