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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby BlackpoolRock » 21 Jul 2017, 08:31

A twinge of disappointment to see those Hungarians have departed.

A repeat of the Goodison Park classic in the quarter final? Portugal and North Korea are both in good scoring form, and you deserve it!

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 21 Jul 2017, 11:00

A twinge of disappointment to see those Hungarians have departed.

A repeat of the Goodison Park classic in the quarter final? Portugal and North Korea are both in good scoring form, and you deserve it!
Yes I wanted the Hungarians to stay in as well. One of those dangerous situations where only a draw was needed to qualify. Bulgaria scored with the first attack with a goal in off the post and then frustrated Hungary with a packed defence. They got a another at the start of the second half and although Hungary equalised late on time ran out for them.

The Portugal North Korea game looks likely to be a goal fest.

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 22 Jul 2017, 21:34

THE QUARTER FINALS

WEST GERMANY V FRANCE

Emmerich had the ball in the back of the French net within 30 seconds of play and the Germans completely dominated the opening exchanges. It was sometime before France could retain the ball and set up an attack, but they gradually gained momentum and finished the half the stronger of the two teams.

France started the second period as they finished the first with some slick attacking play. it was no surprise when they finally squared the game on 52 minutes when Gondet slammed in a rising shot which beat Tilkowski from distance. The match became a titanic battle from this moment with Beckenbauer urging the Germans forward but France held out and the game went to extra time.

Extra time brought no further goals as both side were desperate not to concede. With the match at stalemate lots had to be drawn to decide a winner and it was France who were the lucky team.

USSR V BRAZIL

The USSR were the most impressive team in the Group Stage and clear favourites here to despatch the Brazilians. Some lightening attacks from the Russians in the early stages looked likely to blow Brazil away. However gaps were being left at the back and when Silva slipped a ball to Pele, a miss hit a shot towards the far post sent Yashin the wrong way in the 25th minute. The Russians were now in a state of panic and Brazil were attacking in waves. In the 30th minute it was Pele who slipped a ball to Silva who promptly beat Yashin with a fierce drive to give Brazil a 2-0 lead. With Brazil now looking comfortable Chislenko scored to give USSR a lifeline with seconds remaining.

Both teams had chances in the second half but it was again Brazil who opened up a two goal lead through the excellent Silva. With 11 minutes remaining the Russians were surely out of the tournament. It was time to throw caution to the wind and they pushed forward leaving a sparse defensive cover. Pele had several great chances thwarted. Time looked to be running out for USSR but 4 minutes from the whistle Banishevskiy latched onto a long ball to make the score 3 - 2. There was no grandstand finish though as Brazil now find themselves in a semi final.

PORTUGAL V NORTH KOREA

For the first half an hour this game was surprisingly very tightly fought and then we saw three goals in the last 15 minutes. First, Simoes shot Portugal into the lead, which galvanised the Koreans into netting twice in 5 minutes when Dong Woon mesmerised the Portuguese with both goals. Half time 2-1 North Korea.

The second period also started with caution on both sides and we had to wait until the 70th minute for a goal which came in the form of an equaliser from Portugal. Simoes scoring his second of the game. Following the goal both sides were unadventurous and we went to extra time.

A very dull 30 minutes followed and it all came down to drawing lots with the score at 2-2. North Korea will probably rue not continuing their all out attacking game as they were the unlucky ones.

ENGLAND V SPAIN

A capacity crowd waited in anticipation as the hosts took to the field and erupted as Moore lead the team out. The Spanish who had been very impressive in the Group Stages were keen to quieten the crowd and with only 3 minutes on the clock England were stunned when Gento stole in behind Cohen to shoot past Banks. This was the first time England had trailed in the tournament and Spain were proving resolute at the back. Hurst and Charlton both tested the Spanish keeper who was in fine form. Gento and Suarez also had chances, but on 26 minutes a long ball from Stiles found Hunt out wide, who cut in on the left and found the far corner to level.

This was going to be a tough game and England were clearly frustrated as the second half proceeded. On 57 minutes Suarez played a ball in between Moore and Charlton, Gento was onto it in a flash and hammered it past Banks. England were now in trouble and needed another leveller but their composure began to fall apart. The crowd were urging the team on but England could not find any rhythm. Spain held on with a tight defensive display, the hosts were out.

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby BlackpoolRock » 23 Jul 2017, 07:30

What a shame that two nations are going home on the spin of a coin. This fine tournament deserves better, you haven't had FIFA's good fortune.

Had such occurrences occurred in 1966, that competition would surely have been remembered very differently. Football's governing body certainly "got away with it".

However, we must not be distracted from the fine exciting matches, and, looking forward, the two semi-finals to be enjoyed.

Gento and Suarez, two of the names that not only conjure fine memories, but also contribute to the mystery of how, until relatively recently, Spain's record in tournaments was so moderate.

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 23 Jul 2017, 08:20

The drawing of lots to decide games at the time was something I had either forgotten or was unaware. When the first quarter final ended all square I suddenly thought 'what happens now' ! With the wonders of the net you can have an answer on almost anything within minutes.

Obviously I wanted England to go a little further but this is the fascination with solo play, if you do it properly and try equally as well with both sides you cannot predict what will happen.

SEMI FINALS

PORTUGAL V SPAIN

FRANCE V BRAZIL

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 24 Jul 2017, 18:54

PORTUGAL v. SPAIN

With Spain in great form and after disposing of England in the Quarters they were slight favourites to reach the final. With some slick opening moves from the Spanish , Portugal had to defend and moved forward with caution. Midfielder Ufarte was playing some searching balls through to Gento who tested the keeper with two firm strikes. Portugal waited patiently and in the 25th minute they opened a gap on the Spanish left. Suarez released a ball into the path of Torres who sent a shot past Iribar in the Spanish goal. Half time 1 - 0 Portugal.

It was now clear to Spain why Portugal were unbeaten as they continued to batter against the brick wall defensive line up. The Spanish continued to push forward but time was running out fast as they became more desperate. Moving into the last 5 minutes Simoes broke free to score his 5th of the tournament and seal a place in the final.
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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 24 Jul 2017, 19:21

FRANCE V BRAZIL

Both these teams had their share of luck in reaching the semifinals, more so France who had not won a match. This became evident as they could not get into any rhythm with an inept first half. Brazil expecting a much harder test were surprisingly cautious in the opening stages. Garincha gave Brazil a lead on 30 minutes without the French mustering a worthwhile effort in reply.

The South Americans were now in full flow and played some fabulous stuff to embarrass the French who seemed overwhelmed by the occasion. Finally a great chance fell to Gondet on 20 minutes to level for the French but Gylmar pulled off a wonder save. Five minutes later Jairzinho found Silva who killed the French resistance with a smart shot which put Brazil 2-0 in front. The best goal of the match came from Pele 7 minutes from time, after a surging run he smashed the ball home for 3-0. So Group 3 provided both finalists and with Portugal thrashing Brazil 3-0 earlier we will be hoping for a closer final.'
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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby BlackpoolRock » 24 Jul 2017, 20:26

Pele against Eusebio, and at least half a dozen others who will grace the Final.

We look forward to a truly memorable match, befitting the occasion.

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 28 Jul 2017, 07:41

Third and Fourth Place Final

Spain v France

France seemed the only team interested in this game in the opening 20 minutes. Spain could not break out of defence and when they did their passing was very poor. The French were much more lively and got off to a flying start when Hausser knocked one in off the post with 5 minutes on the clock. Within 10 minutes Gondet connected with a superb cross to make it 2-0. The Spanish were suddenly galvanised into a response and we now saw some of the play which had knocked Rngland out of the competition. With 15 minutes left of the half Del Sol smashed a shot through the crowded French defensive cover to reduce the deficit. The game was now on when on the stroke of half time Peiro scored an identical equaliser.

The French now seeing a first win slipping away packed their defence for the whole of the second period. Spain desperate to finish off the French pushed men forward and allowed France several opportunities, but Iribar pulled off some splendid saves.

The game now went to extra time. With both sides now not wanting to end the tournament by drawing lots decided to go into attacking mode. Eager to get forward both resorted to the long ball game. Midway through the first period Spain finally broke the deadlock and it was Peiro who let fly to send a thunderbolt past Aubour. There were no further goals following the changeover, so Spain secured third place with a great comeback to win 3-2.
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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 29 Jul 2017, 11:35

:| WORLD CUP FINAL

PORTUGAL v BRAZIL

The capacity Wembley crowd were looking forward to football of the highest quality as the two form teams faced up to each other. Both sides opened with attacks on each goal down the flanks. The defences were very tight in the central areas and no clear cut chances came in the first half. Torres for Portugal and Pele for Brazil finished the half with shots shaving the posts.

Tension rose as the match reached the last 20 minutes and still no breakthrough. Jairzinho was beginning to find Pele and Silva with some searching balls and Portugal were finding more space as both goalies were being worked. Torres blasted a shot off the base of the post when clean through for Portugal and Pele had one tipped round the upright. The ref now had the whistle between his lips when Brazil sent Jairzinho away who slipped a ball into space for Silva, a touch took the ball away from the defender and his second sent the ball screaming past Pereira. There were 2 seconds left on the clock. A dramatic end to a great tournament, Brazil now leave with the Jules Rimet trophy.
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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby BlackpoolRock » 29 Jul 2017, 13:34

And who is to say that wouldn't have happened in 1966 had Pele not been almost kicked out of the tournament in his first match.

I hope it's been as rewarding to stage and fun to play as it's been to follow on here. Many thanks for posting the details, and keeping us so well informed.

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Re: World Cup 1966

Postby Gullseye » 29 Jul 2017, 15:30

Its been great to recreate and a nice comfortable amount of games to play over the month. Thanks for the comments.

I'll play it again at some stage in the future, maybe every 4 years !


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