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Snap shot: Facchetti savours crowning moment

Our series focusing on the big moments in EURO history and the people involved reaches 1968, when Italy concluded a remarkable campaign of coin tosses and replays in glory.

Snap shot: Facchetti savours crowning moment
Snap shot: Facchetti savours crowning moment ©Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Italy, the country that gave the world Catenaccio, have long been masters of doing just enough. Never more so than at the 1968 UEFA European Championship. They won the semi-final on a toss coin and were ten minutes from defeat in the decider before forcing a replay. Forty-eight hours later they reconvened with Yugoslavia in Rome and Luigi Riva, one of five changes for the hosts, inspired a 2-0 victory. It remains the four-time world champions' sole EURO triumph.

1 Giacinto Facchetti
One of the greatest left-backs of all time, Facchetti was the heart and soul of Internazionale Milano for almost half a century. Club captain during their halcyon era of the mid-1960s, he played 634 games and scored 75 goals for the Nerazzurri while, with the No10 on his back, he captained Italy to glory at the 1968 EURO. He was the man who made the right call on the coin toss after Italy's semi-final draw with the Soviet Union. Facchetti held numerous posts at Inter after retiring; he was president when he died in 2006, aged 64.

2 Sandro Salvadore
Salvadore started out at home-town AC Milan yet it was with Juventus that he established himself as one of the foremost defenders of the 1960s, making 331 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri and winning three championships. A libero, he had not played international football for almost two years when he was recalled for the EURO final replay against Yugoslavia. It proved a masterstroke, Salvadore giving one of his best performances for Italy. His worst was a 1970 friendly against Spain when he scored two own goals.

3 Pietro Anastasi
Anastasi became the world's most expensive player on the eve of EURO 1968 when Juventus took him off Varese's hands for 650m Italian lire. It looked money well spent when he claimed his first national-team goal in the rematch against Yugoslavia. He ended up with eight in 25 games for the Azzurri and lifted three Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia with Juve before leaving for Inter in 1976. He is now a television pundit.

4 Angelo Domenghini
A right-winger who notched his fair share of goals, Domenghini's most important strike for Italy came in the 80th minute of the 1968 final. With the hosts trailing 1-0, he drove in a free-kick to level the scores and force a replay. Domenghini had five successful years with Inter and also won the Scudetto at Cagliari, where he formed a lethal partnership with Luigi Riva. He became a coach in the lower leagues before returning to Inter as a scout. Now retired.

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