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Saturday, 26 June 1954
World Cup 1954 Finals Second Phase, Quarter-Finals Match One/Two

Uruguay 4 England 2 [2-1]
 

 

Match Summary
Uruguay Squad
England Squad

Sankt Jakob Stadium, Sankt Jakob, Basel
Attendance: 28,000;
Kick-off: 5.00pm BST
Second half live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Uruguay - Ilyin, Varella, Schiaffino, Ambrois (84)
England - Nat Lofthouse (15)
, Tom Finney ( )
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary

Officials

Uruguay

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Uruguay Team

 

Current World Champions

Colours: Sky blue jerseys with white v-necked collar/cuffs, black shorts, black socks with white tops.
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Capt:   Manager:  
Uruguay Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Uruguay Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-
 
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Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 7th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, 46th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
64th match, W 39 - D 13 - L 12 - F 187 - A 95, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 23 45 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 30 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 6 0
3 Bryne     LB      
4 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

61 3
14 McGarry, William H. 23 10 June 1927 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 2 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 29 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

38 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 39 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 38 10
8 Broadis     IR      
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 21 23
15 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 3
11 Finney, Thomas 32 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

54 24
England Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
Tom Finney becomes England's oldest goalscorer at a World Cup Final tournament, aged 32 years 82 days. Adding 42 days to the record held by Wilf Mannion set in 1950.
 
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Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Two mistakes by goalkeeper Gil Merrick let defending world champions Uruguay in for goals that turned this quarter-final match in their favour after Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney had each scored to give England hope of causing an upset. Shuffling Stanley Matthews, the undisputed man of the match, hit a post and had a shot pushed off target before Uruguay clinched victory with their fourth goal in the eighty-fourth minute when Merrick failed to save a speculative shot from Ambrois. It was shell-shocked Merrick's final match for England. He had let in thirty goals in his last ten games after conceding only fifteen in his first thirteen internationals. The Uruguayans had beaten Scotland 7-0 in a qualifying round match, but were never allowed to show that sort of superiority by an England team that performed with pride and purpose.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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