Match No. 289 - Sunday, 20th June 1954, 5:10pm

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    • 2
    • Eugène Parlier  
    • 7
    • André Neury  
    • 4
    • Roger Bocquet  
    • 14
    • Willy Kernen  
    • 10
    • Oliver Eggimann  
    • 8
    • Heinz Bigler  
    • 15
    • Charles Antenen  
    • 22
    • Roger Vonlanthen  
    • 20
    • Eugen Meier  
    • 16
    • Robert Ballaman  
    • 17
    • Jacky Fatton  

Notes

  • World Cup FormatThe 1954 World Cup had a peculiar format. Two seeded teams would be drawn with two non-seeded teams in each of the four groups of four. Instead of the usual round-robin format the seeded teams only played the non-seeded teams and extra-time was used for group matches ending in a draw.
    In the first match Switzerland beat seeded Italy before England and Belgium played out a 3-3 draw, the game progressed to extra time where both teams scored one each ending with a 4-4 draw. In the other matches Italy beat Belgium 4-1 and England beat Switzerland 2-0 leaving England top of the group with 3 points but both Italy and Switzerland on 2 points. This was an era where using any kind of secondary classification system was unheard of - forget penalties, not even goal difference was considered. So, Italy and Switzerland entered into a play-off on 23rd June that the host won 2-1.
  • Player MilestoneBill McGarry's 1st Cap
  • Player MilestoneJimmy Mullen's Last Cap

Sources

  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • Official FIFA report

Managers

Referee

  •  Istvan Zsolt

Attendance

  • 43,119

Half Time Score

  • Switzerland 0 - 1 England

ELO Rankings

  •  England - 4th   0
  •  Switzerland - 25th

World Cup 1954 (Group 4)

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    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • England
    • 3
    • 2
    • 0
    • 1
    • 1
    • 2
    • Italy
    • 2
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • Switzerland
    • 2
    • -1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • Belgium
    • 1
    • -3
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 2
    • Final Standings.