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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
World Cup history - England 1966
Bobby Moore holds the World Cup aloft
England captain Bobby Moore holds the World Cup aloft
A Geoff Hurst hat-trick helped England to win the World Cup, for the only time in their history, on home soil.

The England striker remains the only man to have scored three goals in a World Cup final, an exciting match the hosts won 4-2 after extra-time.

A dispute over qualification meant 16 African nations refused to take part, but Portugal were among those who did so for the first time.

And their star player, Eusebio, emerged as the tournament's top scorer.

After his injury problems four years earlier, Pele was back for Brazil, but again he was roughly treated and injury forced him out of the tournament once more.

England opened the finals with a boring 0-0 draw against Uruguay, but things livened up when Brazil began the defence of their title with a 2-0 win over Bulgaria at Goodison Park.

However, with Pele missing their next match against Hungary, and limping out of the decider against Portugal, Brazil lost both games and were knocked out.

In Pele's absence the public warmed to the skills of Eusebio, who scored four times as Portugal fought back from three down against North Korea to win 4-3.

After their slow start England beat Mexico and France to top their group and set up a quarter-final against Argentina.

England beat the South Americans 1-0 but the match was played in a bad spirit.

It was held up for 10 minutes when Argentina's captain, Antonio Rattin, was sent off and refused to go, before he was finally dragged away.

England faced Portgual in the last four, and although Eusebio scored yet again the hosts won 2-1 to set up the final with West Germany.

The Germans took an early lead but goals from Hurst and Martin Peters meant England led 2-1 with less than a minute to play.

However, Wolfgang Weber equalised to send the game into extra-time.

England manager Alf Ramsey told his deflated players that they had already won the game once and to go out and do it again.

The match was not without controversy, as a Russian linesman awarded England their third goal after the ball hit the bar and bounced onto the ground.

TV replays failed to prove if the ball had crossed the line, and 40 years after the event it remains a major talking point.

Hurst's finale inspired one of the most famous pieces of commentary of all time, from the BBC's Kenneth Wolstenhome.

As the West Ham striker raced clear to score England's fourth, Wolstenhome said: "Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over...it is now."

RESULTS & STATISTICS

Group A
England 0-0 Uruguay
France 1-1 Mexico
Uruguay 2-1 France
England 2-0 Mexico
Uruguay 0-0 Mexico
England 2-0 France
P W D L F A Pts
England 3 2 1 0 4 0 5
Uruguay 3 1 2 0 2 1 4
Mexico 3 0 2 1 1 3 2
France 3 0 1 2 2 5 1


Group B
W Germany 5-0 Switzerland
Argentina 2-1 Spain
Spain 2-1 Switzerland
W Germany 0-0 Argentina
Argentina 2-0 Switzerland
W Germany 2-1 Spain
P W D L F A Pts
West Germany 3 2 1 0 7 1 5
Argentina 3 2 1 0 4 1 5
Spain 3 1 0 2 4 5 2
Switzerland 3 0 0 3 1 9 0


Group C
Brazil 2-0 Bulgaria
Portugal 3-1 Hungary
Hungary 3-1 Brazil
Portugal 3-0 Bulgaria
Portugal 3-1 Brazil
Hungary 3-1 Bulgaria
P W D L F A Pts
Portugal 3 3 0 0 9 2 6
Hungary 3 2 0 1 7 5 4
Brazil 3 1 0 2 4 6 2
Bulgaria 3 0 0 3 1 8 0


Group D
USSR 3-0 North Korea
Italy 2-0 Chile
North Korea 1-1 Chile
USSR 1-0 Italy
North Korea 1-0 Italy
USSR 2-1 Chile
P W D L F A Pts
USSR 3 3 0 0 6 1 6
North Korea 3 1 1 1 2 4 3
Italy 3 1 0 2 2 2 2
Chile 3 0 1 2 2 5 1

Quarter-finals:
Portugal 5-3 North Korea
England 1-0 Argentina
West Germany 4-0 Uruguay
USSR 2-1 Hungary

Semi-finals:
West Germany 2-1 USSR
England 2-1 Portugal

3rd/4th place play-off:
Portugal 2-1 USSR

Final:
England 4-2 West Germany (aet)


Leading scorer: Eight goals: Eusebio (Portugal)





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