Third place - 08/06/1968 - 15:00CET (15:00 local time) - Stadio Olimpico - Rome
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England beat Soviet Union to win bronze

Published: Thursday 2 October 2003, 9.34CET
England 2-0 USSR
World champions two years earlier, Sir Alf Ramsey's team had to settle for third on their UEFA European Football Championship bow.

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Published: Thursday 2 October 2003, 9.34CET

England beat Soviet Union to win bronze

England 2-0 USSR
World champions two years earlier, Sir Alf Ramsey's team had to settle for third on their UEFA European Football Championship bow.

World champions England had hoped for more from their first foray into the UEFA European Football Championship, but goals from Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst ensured they did not go home empty-handed.

Charlton set Sir Alf Ramsey's team on their way six minutes before the interval, arriving in the penalty area with trademark timing and lashing in. Hurst had done the hard work and the West Ham United FC man, restored to the England attack after sitting out the semi-final defeat by Yugoslavia three days earlier, fully justified his selection with the second goal just after the hour.

There was no way back for the Soviet Union, still coming to terms with the profound disappointment of their last-four loss when Italy advanced at their expense after a coin toss. Yet an unchanged side began brightly in front of a crowd of 68,817 at the Stadio Olimpico and had Edouard Malofeev, free at the far post, met Guennadi Evriuzhikhine's fine early cross with more purpose they would have forged ahead.

The forward instead directed his header straight at Gordon Banks, and England gradually took the initiative. Roger Hunt lashed over after Yuri Pshenichnikov could only parry into his path a left-wing cross from Tommy Wright, making his debut at full-back. Charlton similarly blazed over following a commanding run from Bobby Moore as the England back line basked in the space afforded them – next time, the USSR would pay.

Moore again set the move off, advancing deep into opposition territory before switching play to left and West Ham club-mate Peters. The midfielder's cross towards the penalty spot found Hurst who, crowded by defenders, simply diverted the ball into the path of Charlton – 1-0.

Yet it was far from one-way traffic and at the start of the second period the USSR reversed the flow, twice going close around the hour mark. First Malofeev had an effort deflected over after Anatoli Banischevsky had skipped Wilson's challenge and from the resulting corner Banks was almost caught at the near post.

FIFA World Cup winners two years earlier, England would be expected to weather the storm but confidence had been dented by losses to Scotland and, on the eve of the tournament, West Germany. Hurst's goal was a welcome relief.

The build-up was innocuous enough, Peters pick-pocketed Gennadi Logofet in midfield and strode forward. His shot was blocked, but only as far as Hurst who expertly rounded Pshenichnikov before firing into the empty net.

Still England pressed, Hunt and Charlton going close, but Sir Alf's side had it in the bag. The celebrations at full time were muted, though: it was the evening's final these sides had come for.

Last updated: 01/06/16 12.55CET

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Lineups

England

England

USSR

USSR

1
BanksGordon Banks (GK)
1
PshenichnikovYuri Pshenichnikov (GK)
3
WilsonRamon Wilson
3
AfoninValentin Afonin
5
LaboneBrian Labone
4
BanishevskiAnatoli Banishevski
6
MooreBobby Moore (C)
5
ByshovetsAnatoli Byshovets
8
HuntRoger Hunt
7
EvryuzhikhinGennadi Evryuzhikhin
9
CharltonBobby Charlton
Goal39
8
IstominYuri Istomin
10
HurstGeoff Hurst
Goal63
10
KaplychniyVolodymyr Kaplychniy
11
PetersMartin Peters
11
MalofeevEduard Malofeev
16
WrightTommy Wright
18
ShesternevAlbert Shesternev (C)
17
StilesNobby Stiles
19
LenevAleksandr Lenev
19
HunterNorman Hunter
21
LogofetGennadi Logofet

Substitutes

2
NewtonKeith Newton
2
AnichkinViktor Anichkin
4
MulleryAlan Mullery
6
VoroninValeri Voronin
7
BallAlan Ball
9
KavazashviliAnzor Kavazashvili
12
StepneyAlexander Stepney (GK)
12
MuntyanVolodymyr Muntyan
13
WestGordon West (GK)
13
NodiaGivi Nodia
14
KnowlesCyril Knowles
14
RudakovEvgeni Rudakov (GK)
15
CharltonJack Charlton
15
LevchenkoVolodymyr Levchenko
18
SummerbeeMike Summerbee
16
KhurtsilavaMurtaz Khurtsilava
20
BellColin Bell
17
ChislenkoIgor Chislenko
21
GreavesJimmy Greaves
20
AsatianiKakhi Asatiani
22
ThompsonPeter Thompson
22
SmolnikovNikolai Smolnikov

Coach

Sir Alf Ramsey (ENG) Mikhail Yakuschin (URS)

Referee

Istvan Zsolt (HUN)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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