West Germany tonight (Saturday) won third place in the 1970 World Cup. Despite a great?
West Germany tonight (Saturday) won third place in the 1970 World Cup. Despite a great second-half rally by Uruguay, the West Germans clung to a precarious one goal lead thanks to a series of goal-line clearances that had Mexico City's Aztec Stadium taut with excitement.
The West Germans started slowly, still fatigued after their marathon quarter-final and semi-final clashes with England and Italy--both games going into extra times.
But this was a much changed West German side. Among the five new players brought into the team, goalkeeper Wolter was soon in action making some brilliant saves from the Uruguayan forwards.
But the Germans had their fair share of attacking football. From one raid up the right wing, Libuda floated a cross to the far post, where Seeler headed the ball down to Muller. The ace German goalscorer was caught on the wrong food and pushed the ball back to the onrushing Wolfgang Overath who slammed his shot into the net.
For the remaining 15 minutes of the first-half, the uruguayans attacked furiously. Just before the interval, veteran defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger saved West Germany by flicking the ball off the goal-line.
Uruguay kept up the pressure after half-time. Wolter often failed to cut out high centres, and for long periods his goal was under siege and survived some miraculous escapes -- including a header by Luis Cubilla which hit the upright and a missed open goal by Ancheta.