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FIFA World Cup 1966 Group 2

 

world cup 1966 posterGroup 2 matches were played in Sheffield and Birmingham and West Germany were the seeded team. Since 1963-64 the five regional leagues in West Germany had been replaced by a single professional Bundesliga in an effort to raise already high standards. FIFA cautioned Argentina for their violent play during their group games but to little effect.

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West Germany

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Switzerland

West Germany 5 Switzerland 0

Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield (36,000)
12 July 1966

West Germany demolished Switzerland, a team against which they had several times come unstuck in the past, with a display of ruthless, attacking football.

The German team wore several different versions of their traditional strip throughout the competition, this being the only one with long sleeves.

(Andre Silva)

 

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Argentina

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Spain

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Argentina 2 Spain 1

Villa Park, Birmingham (48,000)
13 July 1966

All three goals came in the last 25 minutes: Artime put Argentina into the lead in the 65th minute, Pirri equalised seven minutes later and then in the 79th minute, Artime scored his second, and Argentina's decisive goal.

(Michael Scott)

 

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Spain

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Switzerland

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Spain 2 Switzerland 1

Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
15 July 1966

Spain made heavy work against the Swiss and found themselves a goal down with less than half an hour played. In the second half, they showed more determination and in the 58th minute their defender, Sanchiz, burst into the Swiss penalty area and drove the ball home. With 15 minutes to go, Gento swung the ball into the centre where Amancio scored with a diving header.

 

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Argentina

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West Germany

Argentina 0 West Germany 0

Villa Park, Birmingham (51,000)
16 July 1966

Although the German team were man-for-man bigger and stronger than their opponents, Argentina were determined to match them in a display of strength rather than skill. They tackled with venom and when West Germany looked dangerous, tripped, tugged and wrestled their way back into the game. In the second half, the Argentinian defender Albrecht was sent off for kneeing Weber in the groin. Paradoxically, Argentina played their best football when reduced to ten men.

(Giovanni Cammareri, Michael Scott)

 

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Argentina

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Switzerland

Argentina 2 Switzerland 0

Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield (32,000)
19 July 1966

Switzerland put on a brave show in a match dominated by defenders but in the end, Argentina were just too good for them. Artime opened the scoring, rather against the run of play, in the eighth minute of the second half and Onega made it 2-0 following a prolonged period of pressure eleven minutes from time.

(Michael Scott)

 

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West Germany

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Spain

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West Germany 2 Spain 1

Villa Park, Birmingham (51,000)
20 July 1966

West Germany set out to get a draw but their plans were put in jeopardy when Fuste put Spain ahead in the 24th minute. The Germans abandoned their defensive tactics and surged forward looking for an equaliser, which came in the 38th minute when Emmerich struck a shot from a narrow angle so hard that the ball rebounded off the back of the net and back into play. Spain now went on the attack, looking for a win that was their only chance of going into the next round but in the 82nd minute Seeler calmly trapped a cross that Emmerich had missed and slotted the ball home.

 
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