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Yugoslavia beat world champions England

Published: Thursday 2 October 2003, 9.37CET
Yugoslavia 1-0 England
Dragan Džajić scored the only goal as Yugoslavia reached the final and ended England's hopes of adding the European title to their world crown.
Yugoslavia beat world champions England
Dragan Džajić scored the only goal of the game for Yugoslavia ©Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 2 October 2003, 9.37CET

Yugoslavia beat world champions England

Yugoslavia 1-0 England
Dragan Džajić scored the only goal as Yugoslavia reached the final and ended England's hopes of adding the European title to their world crown.

Yugoslavia beat England 1-0 to deny Sir Alf Ramsey's world champions the chance to add the European crown to their trophy cabinet.

Coach Rajko Mitic had claimed before the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship semi-final that this was Yugoslavia's best team since the one he himself had graced in the 1950s – and the opposition seemed to believe him. 'England in danger of defeat' ran the headline in one English national newspaper, and so it proved as a result of Dragan Džajić's decisive goal.

Ramsey's team selection appeared to reflect the caution of his country, with two ball-winners among a five-man midfield playing behind only Roger Hunt up front. Shorn of Geoff Hurst and Nobby Stiles, both injured during a friendly in Hannover just four days earlier, England paid the price. As such, their opponents, deploying a sweeper at the back, showed no fear.

It also proved to be a game lacking in fluidity, though England nonetheless managed to create a handful of chances, Alan Ball heading against the bar from an offside position before then shooting over wastefully after a good move. The 1966 FIFA World Cup winners might have won comprehensively if they had the firepower, or indeed a winger to match Džajić, the smoothest in Europe.

Showing tremendous ball control for someone so tall and well built, he beat three men with bewildering sleight of foot before being stopped by a fourth. When a long ball came in from the left, he stole behind the admirable Bobby Moore, chested it down and hammered it high past Gordon Banks in the England goal.

England's task became doubly difficult when Alan Mullery received the dubious honour of becoming the first ever England player to be sent off in the country's 424-international history. It proved beyond them.

Last updated: 10/11/11 14.10CET

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Lineups

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

England

England

1
PantelićIlija Pantelić (GK)
1
BanksGordon Banks (GK)
2
FazlagićMirsad Fazlagić (C)
2
NewtonKeith Newton
3
DamjanovićMilan Damjanović
3
WilsonRamon Wilson
5
PaunovićBlagoje Paunović
4
MulleryAlan Mullery
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6
HolcerDragan Holcer
5
LaboneBrian Labone
7
PetkovićIlija Petković
6
MooreBobby Moore (C)
8
OsimIvica Osim
7
BallAlan Ball
9
MusemićVahidin Musemić
8
HuntRoger Hunt
11
DžajićDragan Džajić
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9
CharltonBobby Charlton
15
PavlovićMiroslav Pavlović
11
PetersMartin Peters
21
TrivićDobrivoje Trivić
19
HunterNorman Hunter

Substitutes

4
Djordjević Borivoje Djordjević
10
HurstGeoff Hurst
10
BelinRudolf Belin
12
StepneyAlexander Stepney (GK)
12
VukčevićRadomir Vukčević (GK)
13
WestGordon West (GK)
13
DujkovićRatomir Dujković (GK)
14
KnowlesCyril Knowles
14
AleksićRajko Aleksić
15
CharltonJack Charlton
16
AćimovićJovan Aćimović
16
WrightTommy Wright
17
RamljakMladen Ramljak
17
StilesNobby Stiles
18
MihajlovićLjubomir Mihajlović
18
SummerbeeMike Summerbee
19
BrzićIvan Brzić
20
BellColin Bell
20
AntićBoško Antić
21
GreavesJimmy Greaves
22
HošićIdriz Hošić
22
ThompsonPeter Thompson

Coach

Rajko Mitic (SRB) Sir Alf Ramsey (ENG)

Referee

José Maria Ortiz De Mendibil (ESP)

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