• Short Summary

    ENGLAND, THE FOUNDERS OF FOOTBALL, REACHED THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP FINAL WITH A 2-1 VICTORY OVER PORTUGAL IN A FINE MATCH AT WEMBLEY STADIUM TONIGHT (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    ENGLAND, THE FOUNDERS OF FOOTBALL, REACHED THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP FINAL WITH A 2-1 VICTORY OVER PORTUGAL IN A FINE MATCH AT WEMBLEY STADIUM TONIGHT (TUESDAY). A CAPACITY CROWD GAVE BOTH TEAMS A TREMENDOUS RECEPTION AFTER AN EXCITING GAME - ONE OF THE CLEANEST IN THE COMPETITION SO FAR. ENGLAND WILL MEET WEST GERMANY - CONQUERORS OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE OTHER SEMI-FINAL - ON SATURDAY IN THE FIRST ALL-EUROPEAN FINAL SINCE 1954.

    PORTUGUESE HOPES WERE DASHED ON THE ROCK OF ENGLAND'S DEFENCE, WHICH WITHSTOOD ALL PRESSURE UNTIL SEVEN MINUTES FROM TIME, WHEN EUSEBIO SCORED FROM THE PENALTY SPOT. THIS WAS THE FIRST GOAL AGAINST ENGLAND IN THE COMPETITION. BOTH ENGLAND'S GOALS CAME FROM THE LETHAL RIGHT FOOT OF BOBBY CHARLTON - IN THE 31ST AND 80TH MINUTES - BUT PORTUGAL STAGED A NERVE-TINGLING RALLY AFTER EUSEBIO HAD NETTED HIS EIGHTH GOAL OF THE SERIES WITH ONLY SEVEN MINUTES PLAY LEFT. THE PENALTY WHICH LET PORTUGAL IN WITH A LATE CHANCE CAME AFTER JACKIE CHARLTON HANDLED A HEADER FROM TORRES, AND EUSEBIO MADE NO MISTAKE FROM THE PENALTY SPOT.

    THE REMAINING MINUTES OF THE MATCH WERE PLAYED THROUGH UNBEARABLE TENSION AS PORTUGAL MADE THEIR LAST DESPERATE BID TO STAY IN THE COMPETITION. IN THE LAST SECONDS MARIO COLUNA, THE PORTUGUESE CAPTAIN, HAMMERED IN A GREAT VOLLEY WHICH GOALKEEPER GORDON BANKS TIPPED OVER THE BAR, AND ENGLAND WERE THROUGH.

    EUSEBIO, WHO HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE GREATEST FORWARD IN THE COMPETITION, BROKE DOWN IN TEARS IN THE CENTRE OF THE FIELD AS THE FINAL WHISTLE WENT. HE SCORED EIGHT OF PORTUGAL'S FIFTEEN GOALS IN THE COMPETITION, BUT HIS DASHING BRILLIANCE HAD BEEN HELD BY ENGLAND'S ROCK-LIKE DEFENCE.

    CHARLTON'S TWO GOALS WERE BRILLIANTLY TAKEN OPPORTUNITIES, BUT THE HONOURS WENT TO THE ENGLISH DEFENDERS, WHO MARKED EUSEBIO AND THE OTHER PORTUGUESE DANGER-MEN WITH SINGLE-MINDED DETERMINATION. IN CONTRAST TO THE VIOLENCE SEEN IN OTHER MATCHES THIS WAS THE CLEANEST AND FRIENDLIEST OF THE COMPETITION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEMM96N572DUCD71QEG6V0YP6A
    Media URN:
    VLVAEMM96N572DUCD71QEG6V0YP6A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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