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European Championship 1968 Final Stage

 

european nations cup 1968 logoUEFA changed the name of the competition and the knock out stages were replaced by group qualifiers, played over the previous two seasons. The 1967 and 1968 British Home Championships served as the qualifying group for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A total of 35 teams entered (only Iceland and Malta declined) and the four finalists were decided by quarter-finals, played over two legs, home and away. Italy were chosen to host the final stage.

 

Semi-Finals
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Italy

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Soviet Union

Italy 0 Soviet Union 0 (after extra time)
(Italy won on the toss of a coin)

Stadio San Paulo, Naples (68,582)
5 June 1968

Italian football was in the grip of the ultra-defensive catenaccio system and goals were as rare as hen's teeth. After 120 minutes neither team had scored so the match was decided by the toss of a coin. the unfortunate captain of the USSR team, Albert Shesternyov, called incorrectly and Italy advanced to the final.

 

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Yugoslavia

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England

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Yugoslavia 1 England 0

Stadio Comunale, Florence (21,834)
5 June 1968

World champions England came badly unstuck against an unfancied Yugoslav side.

 

Third Place Play-Off
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England

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Soviet Union

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England 2 Soviet Union 0

Stadio Comunale, Florence (68,817)
8 June 1968

Goals either side of half-time brought England the scant compensation of a third place finish.

 

Final
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Italy

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Yugoslavia

Italy 2 Yugoslavia 0 (Replay after 1-1 draw)

Stadio Olimpico (85,000, 55,000 for replay)
8 June 1968, (Replayed 10 June 1968)

Yugoslavia took a shock lead in the first game and only a late goal from Domenghini rescued the home team from embarrassment. Italy eventually ground out a victory in the replay to win their first European title.

 
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