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Tuesday, 26 July 1966
The World Championship Jules Rimet Cup Finals Semi-Final, Match Two

England 2 Portugal 1 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Portugal Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Originally scheduled to be played at Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 94,493;
Kick-off: 7.30pm BST
Live on BBC One (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme and Tommy Docherty, also live on ITV (Anglia, ATV, Border, Grampian, Granada, Rediffusion, Scottish, Southern, Teledu Cymru, TWW, Ulster, Tyne Tees and Westward) - Commentator - Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen.

England - Bobby Charlton (31, 79)
Portugal - Eusébio (penalty 83)
Results 1965-1970

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Match Summary





Referee (black) - Pierre Schwinte
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Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, 29th captaincy Manager: Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 46 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
43rd match, W 28 - D 9 - L 6 - F 102 - A 50.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon     G Leicester City FC 32 30ᵍᵃ
2 Cohen, George R.     RB Fulham FC 29 0
3 Wilson, Ramon 31 17 December 1934 LB Everton FC 50 0
4 Stiles, Norbert P. 24 18 May 1942 RHB Manchester United FC 19 1
5 Charlton, John     CHB Leeds United AFC 21 2
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 25 12 April 1941 LHB West Ham United FC 46 2
7 Ball, Alan     OR Blackpool FC 13 1
21 Hunt, Roger     IR Liverpool FC 18 15
9 Charlton, Robert     CF Manchester United FC 73 40
10 Hurst, Geoffrey C.     IL West Ham United FC 7 2
16 Peters, Martin S. 22 8 November 1943 OL West Ham United FC 7 1

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Manager Alf Ramsey also played against Portugal in the two friendly victories in May 1950 and May 1951.


Eusebio's goal ended a run of six matches at the stadium without conceding.
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Portugal Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: Maroon crew necked jerseys with green collar/cuffs, white shorts with red side trim, green socks.
Capt: Mario Coluna Manager: Manuel da luz Afonso
Portugal Lineup
3 Pereira, José     G     GA
9 Conceição, Hilário R. da            
10 Esteves Coluna, Mário            
11 Simões da Costa, António            
12 Pinto de Almeida, José Augusto            
13 da Silva Ferreira, Eusébio            
16 da Silva Graça, Jaime            
18 Costa Sénica Torres, José A.            
20 da Silva Baptista, J. Alexandre            
21 Carlos da Silva José, José            
22 Festa, Alberto A.A.            

unused substitutes:

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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This was THE classic match of the 1966 World Cup.  It lacked the drama of the Final, but the football played by both teams had rarely been bettered at Wembley. The match belonged more to Bobby Charlton than anybody. He moved with the grace of a Nureyev on grass and the power of a panther. His reward was two superb goals, one drilled low into the net from a rebound after a Roger Hunt shot had been blocked, and the second, a real beauty, rifled high into the net from twenty-five yards. Seven minutes from the end England's magnificent defence conceded their first goal of the tournament when Eusebio scored from the penalty spot after Jack Charlton had handled a header from José Torres. Nobby Stiles performed a disciplined containing role on the great Eusebio, fresh from his stunning four-goal performance against North Korea in the quarter-final at Goodison after the Koreans had rushed three goals into the lead. Eusebio left the pitch in tears as the two teams got a standing ovation for producing a match that would live long in the memory.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author