Match No. 517 - Wednesday, 16th November 1977, 7:45pm

  •  
  •  
    • 1
    • Dino Zoff  
    • 2
    • Marco Tardelli  
    • 3
    • Claudio Gentile  
    • 4
    • Romeo Benetti  
    • 5
    • Roberto Mozzini  
    • 6
    • Giacinto Facchetti (c) 
    •  85'
    • 7
    • Franco Causio  
    • 8
    • Renato Zaccarelli  
    • 9
    • Francesco Graziani  
    •  HT
    • 10
    • Giancarlo Antognoni  
    • 11
    • Roberto Bettega  
    • 15
    • Claudio Sala  
    •  HT
    • 13
    • Antonello Cuccureddu  
    •  85'

Notes

  • Match InfoGoing into this match both Italy and England were level on points but the Italians were top due to a goal difference of four. This was England's last match of the qualifying campaign whilst the Italians had a game in hand against Luxembourg. The scoreline wiped out the goal difference but, Italy eventually beat Luxembourg 3-0. England had failed to qualify for the second successive World Cup Finals. They finish second behind Italy on goal difference.
  • Player InjuryThe Italians were clearly targetted Keegan. Tardelli blatantly elbows Keegan in the face whilst they were both going for the ball, a crime the referee didn't see so Tardelli didn't even receive a caution. A few minutes later they both tangle again and Keegan pushes Tardelli, which ironically gets Keegan a yellow card. Later in the build up to England's second goal, as Keegan makes the assist, Benetti follows through deliberately and takes Keegan out. Keegan struggles on for another five minutes but is finally substituted.
  • Player MilestoneEmlyn Hughes' 50th Cap
  • Player MilestoneSteve Coppell's 1st Cap
  • Player MilestoneBob Latchford's 1st Cap
  • Player MilestonePeter Barnes' 1st Cap
  • Goal MilestoneTrevor Brooking's 1st Goal

Sources

  • Wembley - The Complete Record 1923 - 2000 by Glen Isherwood (Sports Books 2006)
  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • Official Match Programme
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • soccernostalgia.blogspot.co.uk
  • YouTube

Managers

Referee

  •  Karoly Palotai

Attendance

  • 92,500

Half Time Score

  • England 1 - 0 Italy

ELO Rankings

  •  England - 8th   4
  •  Italy - 6th