THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

19 June ~ Both England and Uruguay head into tonight's match in São Paulo needing a win to keep alive realistic hopes of making it out of the group stages. In 1954 the two teams met in the quarter-finals.

Reigning world champions Uruguay took the lead after just five minutes through Carlos Borges, before Nat Lofthouse levelled. Obdulio Varela and then Juan Alberto Schiaffino, who moved to Milan for £25,000 during the tournament, put the South Americans ahead. Despite the presence of Stanley Matthews and a goal from Tom Finney, both of whose play can be viewed in slow motion in the below video, England went on to lose 4-2 with Javier Ambrois getting the final goal. That wasn't before some rough play, though, which may seem remarkably familiar to observers of the modern game.

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