Euro 1964 - Spain

Euro 1964 - Spain

Hosts: Spain

Final: Spain 2 Soviet Union 1

Top Scorer: Jesus Maria Pereda (Spain), Ferenc Bene and Dezso Novak (Hungary) (2 goals each)
Teams/Matches: 4/4
Facts and Figures:

* Euro 1964 was the second in Euro Championship history.

* The tournament was a knockout competition with 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn with Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. The teams played home-and-away matches until the semi-finals.

* Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds; they beat the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate (1–1 and 2–1), and then drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2, before losing the replay 1–0. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union, Spain, and Hungary.

* There were 13 goals scored in 4 games in the finals of Euro 1964, for an average of 3.25 goals per game.

* Three teams scored six goals in a match during qualification. Denmark beat Malta 6-1, Spain beat Romania 6-0 and Italy returned the same scoreline against Turkey.

* Orlando scored four times for Italy during their 6-0 victory over Turkey whilst there were hat-tricks for Guillot (Spain vs Romania) and Madsen (Denmark vs Malta).

The Final

In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated Denmark 3–0 in Barcelona with goals from Voronin, Ponedelnik and Ivanov seeing the holders comfortably through. Spain beat Hungary 2–1. Pereda had put the hosts ahead in the thirty-fifth minute but Hungary drew level six minutes from time to take the match into extra time in Madrid. Spain’s winning goal was scored by Amancio. Spain had withdrawn from the Euro 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion President Franco let his team play the Soviets.

The game took place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid in front of 79,115 fans including President Franco and was refereed by Englishman Arthur Holland. Luis Suarez caused problems in the Soviet defence as early as the sixth minute and Jesús María Pereda pounced to score the fastest goal of the competition and put the Spaniards into an early lead.

There was little time for celebration for the home crowd as the Soviets responded immediately and were level within 2 minutes through Galimzyan Khusainov. Both sides closed down and there were some great battles between Feliciano Rivilla and Khusainov, and Albert Schesternev enjoying a spirited tussle with Marcelino. The Soviets held out but the absence of an extra defensive midfielder, Alexei Korneev, eventually began to tell and left Valeri Voronin lacking support.

The two sides remained locked together until Luis Suarez was again the provider, this time creating the opportunity for Pereda to cross and Marcelino Martinez to stoop and head the winner past a despairing Lev Yashin. With just six minutes remaining, the Soviets were unable to reply for a second time. The goal completed a happy return to the Santiago Bernabéu for Martinez who had left Real Madrid for arch-rivals FC Barcelona. In becoming Euro 1964 winners, Spain claimed their first major football trophy.

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