Match No. 407 - Saturday, 23rd July 1966, 3:00pm
World Cup Finals (World Cup 1966) Quarter Final
- Rattin: Red Card: The Argentine captain was dismissed for two cautionable offences. The first a tackle on Bobby Charlton, the second for arguing with the referee after Perfumo had tripped Hunt on the edge of the area. In fact he had been arguing and dissenting with the referee for the whole match and one could argue that the first caution was for constant badgering as much as it was for the foul tackle. He refused to leave the field and was eventually escorted off by police.
- Match Report: This match is known in Argentina as El Robo Del Siglo (The Robbery of the Century). The Argentine tactics were negative from the beginning and they were clearly designed to disrupt England's play although the English players were far from blameless (They actually committed more fouls in the first half: 14 to 12). The game spiralled into a kicking contest which overwhelmed the German referee Krietlein. When Rattin was dismissed on 35 minutes the game stopped for almost eight minutes as the Argentine captain refused to leave the pitch. Officials and players jostled each other. Juan Carlos Lorenzo seemed to motion to his team to walk off the field in protest and at one point the only Argentine left on the pitch was the dismissed Rattin, still arguing with officials. Ken Aston, the FIFA referee liason, attempted to pursuade Rattin to leave and he was finally removed with the help of the police.
At the end of the match, the Argentine players surrounded the referee (something which they had done almost everytime a desision went against them) and Krietlein had his shirt ripped. Alf Ramsey ran onto the pitch to try and stop George Cohen swapping shirts with the Argentines. He later, in a press conference, described them as "animals". The Argentine's themselves (along with a few other Latin American countries) viewed the whole tournament as a European conspiracy.
The game was settled by a Geoff Hurst header from a Martin Peters cross. Bobby Charlton describing it "...the best England goal I ever saw in my time with the squad". A fine goal to end a terrible match.
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