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European Championship - 1968 held in Italy

European Championship - Held in Italy - 1968 Winners Italy

The competitions may have had a new name, but the result was classic example of home team advantage securing the day.  In football terms, the Italy v Yugoslavia final was not a great attacking spectacle.  Unusually, the European Championship, as it was then called, required a replay rather than a penalty shoot-out to decide the result in Italy's favour.

In terms of a form guide the Italians had no good recent form. That ignominious defeat by Korea in the World Cup was still a source of baiting by foreign fans.   What the Italians did have this time was home advantage, and huge passionate crowds.

It was no surprise that England, USSR an Yugoslavia made it through to the semi-finals.  My point is that ' form' teams usually make it through to the latter stages.  Serbia and Bulgaria exceeded expectations in qualifying but faltered at the quarter final stage.

Top scorer overall: Riva (Italy) 7 goals

European Football Championship - 1968 Final

  Replay Italy

2-0

Yugoslavia

Final  Italy

1-1

Yugoslavia

                Riva 11, Anastasi 32
 

Italy: Zoff, Burgnich, Facchetti, Salvadore, Guarneri, Rosato, Domenghini,  Mazzola, Anastasi, De Sisti, Riva
 

3rd Place

England

2-0

USSR

 

Semi Finals

Yugoslavia  

1-0

England

Italy*  

0-0

USSR

 

*An almost unique event happened in the semi-finals, a result decided on the toss of a coin.  I cannot remember another important game being decided by ' drawing lots' .

Quarter Finals

England

3-1

Spain

1-0

2-1

Italy

4-3

Bulgaria

2-0

2-3

Yugoslavia

6-2

France

5-1

1-1

USSR

3-2

Hungary

3-0

0-2

 

Group Stages

Another innovation was dividing the qualifiers into groups.  In the previous tournaments, the preliminary rounds were knock-out decided on home and away legs.

Group 1

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Spain

6

3

2

1

6

2

8

 

Czechoslovakia

6

3

1

2

8

4

7

 

Republic of Ireland

6

2

1

3

5

8

5

 

Turkey

6

1

2

3

3

8

4

 

Group 2

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Bulgaria

6

4

2

0

10

2

10

 

Portugal

6

2

2

2

6

6

6

 

Sweden

6

2

1

3

9

12

5

 

Norway

6

1

1

4

9

14

3

 

Group 3

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

USSR

6

5

0

1

16

6

10

 

Greece

6

2

2

2

8

9

6

 

Austria

6

2

2

2

8

10

6

 

Finland

6

0

2

4

5

12

2

 

Group 4

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Yugoslavia

4

3

0

1

8

3

6

Germany

4

2

1

1

9

2

5

Albania

4

0

1

3

0

12

1

 

 

Group 5

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Hungary

6

4

1

1

15

5

9

 

Germany (East)

6

3

1

2

10

10

7

 

Holland

6

2

1

3

11

11

5

 

Denmark

6

1

1

4

6

16

3

Group 6

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Italy

6

5

1

0

17

3

11

 

Romania

6

3

0

3

18

14

6

 

Switzerland

6

2

1

3

17

13

5

 

Cyprus

6

1

0

5

3

25

2

 

Group 7

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

France

6

4

1

1

14

6

9

 

Belgium

6

3

1

2

14

9

7

 

Poland

6

3

1

2

13

9

7

 

Luxembourg

6

0

1

5

1

18

1

 

 

Group 8

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

England

6

4

1

1

15

5

9

 

Scotland

6

3

2

1

10

8

8

 

Wales

6

1

2

3

6

12

4

 

Northern Ireland

6

1

1

4

2

8

3

 


 

 

 

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