England have today won the 1966 World Cup after a dramatic extra-time victory over West Germany at Wembley Stadium. Mike Norman brings us all the (mythical) In-Play odds matched on a dramatic, but glorious afternoon of football...
"England were matched at a low of 1.041/25 in the Match Odds market (remember, this market is settled after 90 minutes) while the Draw hit a high of 28.027/1 In-Play. The 2-2 Correct was matched at the very rewarding price of 40.039/1."
England are the 1966 World Champions after they defeated West Germany 4-2 in a dramatic, and highly controversial, final at Wembley this afternoon.
The Three Lions, bidding to become the first host nation to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy in 32 years, went into the match as the 1.84/5 favourites but they couldn't have wished for a worse start, falling behind in the 12th minute. Ray Wilson's headed clearance fell to Helmut Haller, and with time to shoot the outside right found the bottom corner of the net to put the Germans ahead.
Haller was matched at 14.013/1 in the First Goalscorer market, and at 4.57/2 To Score at any time.
It didn't take England long to level however thanks to the quick thinking of Bobby Moore. The England captain was fouled just inside the German half but he picked himself up immediately before floating a superb diagonal ball to and un-marked Geoff Hurst, who headed home with ease.
The 1-1 Half-Time Score was matched at a high of just 5.85/1, with the Draw at the interval touching 4.03/1.
Trying to win it in 90 minutes
Both sides had chances in a frantic second half but it was England who got one hand on the trophy when Martin Peters rifled the ball home from close range with just over 10 minutes remaining.
But Alf Ramsey's men failed to hold on to their slender lead when in the 89th minute Lothar Emmerich's free-kick took a deflection before somehow falling to Wolfgang Weber who swept the ball home to take the game to extra-time.
England were matched at a low of 1.041/25 in the Match Odds market (remember, this market is settled after 90 minutes) while the Draw hit a high of 28.027/1 In-Play. The 2-2 Correct was matched at the very rewarding price of 40.039/1.
Huge controversy as VAR technology fails
Bobby Charlton started the first period of extra time in determined mood, hitting the post after five minutes before firing another shot just inches wide. But no-one could have been prepared for the controversy that would shortly follow.
In the 101st minute of the game Alan Ball crossed and found Hurst on the edge of the six-yard box. The England striker swivelled and shot powerfully only to see the ball smash off the underside of the bar and bounce seemingly over the line.
Hurst stood with his arm aloft but referee Gottfried Dienst wanted to confirm that the ball had definitely crossed the line by referring the incident to his Video Assistant Referee, however it emerged that due to a technical error recorded tapes of the incident would take hours to arrive in the VAR control room.
Dienst decided to instead consult his Russian linesman, and after a brief chat the goal was awarded, much to the delight of the 96,000 fans inside Wembley.
FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous later apologised for the for technology failure but assured all members that VAR was a work in progress and was confident that it would be working correctly in about 50 years time!
They think it's all over...
As the Germans pushed forward for a second last-gasp equaliser it was Hurst who broke free to complete his hat-trick in bizarre fashion.
With England fans already pouring onto the pitch to celebrate their side's World Cup triumph, commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme came up with the magical line, "...some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now!" as Hurst smashed the ball home.
Hurst, who wasn't even a guaranteed starter at the start of the tournament, was matched at 140.0139/1 to score a hat-trick, while England were matched at a high of 6.411/2 in the World Cup winner market, justifying their favourites tag.
The Three Lions are available to back at 9.08/1 to retain their crown in Mexico in four years time. Brazil are the early 6.86/1 favourites with West Germany at 7.87/1, Italy at 8.415/2, and Uruguay at 10.09/1.
To Win The 2018 World Cup
Brazil - 4.03/1
France - 5.39/2
Belgium - 7.413/2
England - 7.613/2
Croatia - 7.87/1
*Odds correct as of 17:00 Tuesday 3 July