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World Cup 2018: Top 5 high-scoring World Cup Final matches

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Modified 21 Jul 2018, 00:10 IST
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#4 England 4 - 2 West Germany (1966)

World Cup Final, 1966. 30th July, 1966. Wembley Stadium, England. England 4 v West Germany 2. England
Geoff Hurst scores England's third and his second goal in the 1966 final against West Germany

It was a game to remember for ages. Helmut Haller put the Germans in the lead in the 12th minute but Geoff Hurst equalised within six minutes.

The first half ended at 1-1. England went one up in the 78th minute through Martin Peters. However, that was not enough to decide the game as Wolfgang Weber put the two teams on level terms again with a minute to go before full time.

The match extended into extra-time. Eleven minutes into extra-time, came perhaps the most controversial goal that the finals have ever seen. Hurst's shot hit the crossbar and bounced outside the goal area (as proved later) which the linesman indicated to be a goal.

The Germans in desperation put all men forward to attack which allowed an unmarked Hurst to get his hat-trick goal at the other end. It still remains the only hat-trick in a World Cup final.

Thus, England got their only World Cup victory defeating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time.

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Published 21 Jul 2018, 00:10 IST
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