43rd Minute, Gerd Muller, West Germany v Netherlands, 1974 World Cup Final
West Germany had suffered a shock defeat to East Germany in the group stages but did enough to qualify for the second group stage. In the second group stage they beat Yugoslavia and Sweden to set up a semi-final of sorts with Poland. A draw would have been enough for the Germans but Golden Boot winner Gerd Muller scored with fifteen minutes remaining to make sure of their place in the final.
In the final they got off to the worst possible start as without touching the ball West Germany conceded a penalty and found themselves a goal down. Their opponents were the Netherlands who attempted to humilate their opponents by keeping the ball for the next twenty minutes but they were hit by a sucker punch when they conceded a penalty and the West Germans levelled the scores up.
Just before half-time the German number 13 and top scorer at the 1974 World Cup completes the comeback before half-time…
What Happened Next?
West Germany held on to win their second World Cup. The Netherlands were left to rue their missed chances and would lose again in the final four years later.