England's sole high at Wembley

England's sole high at Wembley

Hosts: England

Final: July 30, 1966, Wembley Stadium, London. 

England: 4,WEST GERMANY 2

Attendance: 92,000

The hosts triumphed again after the trophy was stolen while on display at an exhibition in London. It was recovered by a dog called Pickles under a bush in a London garden a few days later.

Pele was again battered, this time by Bulgaria's defence in the group stages as Brazil's bid for a hat-trick faltered.

North Korea entered folklore with their 1-0 win over Italy with the only goal scored by Pak Do Ik, and for leading Portugal 3-0 in the quarterfinals before losing 5-3.

Portugal's Eusebio, who struck four times in that match, and who died earlier this year, finished as top scorer with nine goals.

England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time in a thrilling final at Wembley where Geoff Hurst made history by becoming the first, and so far only player, to score a hat-trick in the final.

His second goal, England's third, remains controversial and after 48 years a debate still rages about whether the ball crossed the line after bouncing down from the crossbar.

For the fifth successive final, the team that scored first lost. Helmut Haller put Germany ahead before Hurst drew the scores level. Martin Peters put England back in front before Wolfgang Weber's last-minute equaliser sent the game into extra time when Hurst scored twice more.  

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