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Sunday, 8 June 1958
The VM Coupe Jules Rimet Fotboll Finals First Phase Pool 4, Match One/Two

England 2 USSR 2 [0-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
USSR Squad

Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, Västra Götalands Iän, Sweden
Attendance: 49,348;
Kick-off: 7.00pm CET & BST

USSR - Nikita Simonian (13), Aleksandr Ivanov (55)
England - Derek Kevan (66), Tom Finney (penalty 84)
Results 1955-1960

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

USSR

Referee (-) - István Zsolt
x (-), Hungary.

Linesmen - Carl Jorgensen, Denmark, and Birger Nilsen, Norway

FIFA Commissioner: J.P. McGuire
, USA

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Billy Wright, 78th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
96th match, W 59 - D 20 - L 17 - F 273 - A 134, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  McDonald, Colin A. 27 15 October 1930 G Burnley FC 2 3ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 22 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 8 0
3 Banks, Thomas     LB Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0
4 Clamp, H. Edwin     RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 0
5 Wright, William A. 34 6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 93 3
most apps 1946-58
6 Slater, William J. 31 29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 0
7 Douglas, Bryan     OR Blackburn Rovers FC 8 1
8 Robson, Robert W. 25 18 February 1933 IR West Bromwich Albion FC 3 2
9 Kevan, Derek T. 23 6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 8 5
10 Haynes, John N. 23 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 21 8
11 Finney, Thomas 36 5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC 74 29 (3)
18th penalty kick scored - oldest to score

reserves:

-

team notes:

Tom Finney extends his own record as England's oldest goalscorer at a World Cup Final tournament, now aged 36 years 64 days. Derek Kevan becomes the youngest, aged 23 years and 94 days, taking five years off the record set by Dennis Wilshaw in 1954.
Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 58th consecutive match.

penalty notes:

Tom Finney is the oldest player to score from the penalty spot, as well as the most experienced. It is the first penalty kick scored by England at a Major Tournament. His third penalty-kick scored makes hi equal with Alf Ramsey as record penalty scorer.
 
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Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

USSR Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 7th
Colours: Red jerseys, red shorts, red socks. 
Capt: Nikita Simonian Manager: Gavril Kachalin
USSR Lineup
  Yashin, Lev     G     GA
2 Kesarev, Vladimir     RB      
3 Krizhevsky, Konstantin     LB      
4 Kuznetsov, Boris     RHB      
5 Voynov, Yuriy     CHB      
16 Tsaryov, Viktor     LHB      
17 Ivanov, Aleksandr     OR      
8 Ivanov, Valentin     IR      
9 Simonian, Nikita     CF      
10 Salnikov, Sergei     IL      
11 Ilyin, Anatoli     OL      

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Tom Finney coolly placed a penalty wide of Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin six minutes from the final whistle to give England a draw in their opening World Cup match against a Russian team much changed from the side they had played in Moscow the previous month. The Russians had led 2-0 with twenty minutes to go, and it looked all over for England until Bryan Douglas created a goal for Derek Kevan. After Finney had scored the equaliser from the penalty spot, a furious  Lev Yashin got hold of the referee and spun him around like a top. Incredibly, he was allowed to stay on the field. He was protesting over the award of the penalty because he considered the tackle had been made outside the box. In the closing moments a crushing tackle on Finney damaged his knee and put him out of the rest of the tournament.

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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CG