West Germany 3 England 2

The quarter final of the Mexico 1970 World Cup saw an eagerly awaited re-run of the final from 1966. West Germany had qualified for the knock stages after winning all three group games against Peru, Bulgaria and Morocco and therefore topping Group 4. Whereas the Three Lions finished runners up in Group 3 behind Brazil after a narrow 1-0 defeat but England qualified following victories against Romania and Czechoslovakia.

The reigning champions started the game without their regular No 1 Gordon Banks who had suffered food poisoning the night before but that didn’t seem to impact England who took a two goal lead. Stand in keeper Peter Bonetti was beaten with 22 minutes remaining and the Germans took the game into extra time after an equaliser with just 8 minutes remaining. This time it was West Germany that succeeded in extra-time, getting revenge against old foes England and knocking out the incumbent holders of the Jules Rimet.

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