England began their campaign to regain the World Soccer Cup in 1974 with a 3-1 victory against West Germany at Leicester tonight (Wednesday) in a match featuring players under 23 years of age.
England began their campaign to regain the World Soccer Cup in 1974 with a 3-1 victory against West Germany at Leicester tonight (Wednesday) in a match featuring players under 23 years of age. West Germany was the team that eliminated England in this year's World Cup contest in Mexico City.
Three brilliant individual thrusts brought England its goals in a match which was otherwise evenly contested in terms of skill, teamwork and determination. The young West German players, attempting to emanate their senior partners' 3-2 defeat over England in the World Cup quarter final, could not match the tremendous pace of the English front line.
Joe Royle put England ahead after eight minutes when he coolly steered a 30 yard (metres) pass from Norman Piper through the net. England went two up after 24 minutes when John Robson sent home a tremendous kick from 30 yards (metres) out that had the West German goalkeeper Rynio vainly diving to save.
The West German revival came in the thirty fifth minute after a move initiated by the captain, Neuberger, and taken advantage of by centre-forward Weist.
England went 3-1 ahead in the second half when Brian Kidd drove through the German defence and kicked home a fine ball from more than 30 yards (metres) out.