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82nd Minute, Uwe Seeler, West Germany v England 1970 World Cup Quarter Finals

Context
Four years after England had beaten West Germany in a dramatic World Cup final at Wembley, the two great countries faced off in León, Mexico. England had been beaten by the incredible Brazil side in the group stages but nonetheless put up a credible fight which suggested they may well reach the final again. West Germany had impressed in the group stages with three wins out of the three so this was all set up to be a thrilling encounter with the Germans looking for revenge for their defeat in London four years earlier. However, England for the first hour of the game looked comfortable and got themselves a two goal lead going into the final twenty-five minutes and West Germany looked short of answers. Then Franz Beckenbauer hit a shot from range that decieved stand-in goalkeeper Peter Bonetti. England manager Alf Ramsey then famously took off Bobby Charlton which freed up Beckenbauer to roam further forward.

The Goal

With just eight minutes left Germany continued to press and England sat deeper and this happened…


What Happened Next?
West Germany beat England in extra time and continued to the semi-finals where they faced Italy in another remarkable match. This time however the West Germans were on the wrong end of the final score as at the end of extra time they fell to a 4-3 defeat. Remarkably the match was only 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes. They bounced back to beat Uruguay to claim third place. Uwe Seeler spent his whole career playing Hamburger SV in Germany and was named German footballer of the year for the third time in 1970. He retired in 1972.

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