We are down to less than two weeks until the start of the World Cup in Brazil and continue our Top 50 World Cup moments – today number 10: Wembley Goal Crowns England.
England were desperate to lift the trophy on home soil when they met West Germany in the final of the 1966 World Cup.
West Germany though took an early lead to the agony of the home crowd. The English fought back and took the lead through Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
With just seconds left, it looked as if England had won, but the Germans tied and forced extra-time.
In the first 15 minutes, Hurst received the ball about 12 yards out and fired a shot at goal. It came off the crossbar and bounced off the goal-line and out.
The referee consulted his linesman, who had though the initial shot had hit the top netting and didn’t even look to see where it had bounced.
The famous ‘Wembley goal’ was given and England took the lead.
On the final kick of the game, Hurst would seal the deal on a breakaway to give the English a 4-2 win.
For the English it was a glorious moment and their only World Cup victory, but the controversy surrounding the game-deciding goal will never die.
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