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Some people including staff, stewards and some fans, already had half a foot on the pitch. Everyone now thought it was over and that referee Gottfriend Dienst would whistle the end of the match at any moment. Geoff Hurst , however, was the only one who wanted to continue playing:
I remember thinking: “I’m tired, the game is almost over, I shoot the ball with all the strength I have, if it goes into the crowd, until the ball boy recovers the ball, the match will surely be over
Instead that ball thrown with the left foot – the weaker one – does not splash away towards the stars, but in its own way rose to the Olympus of the World Cup. German goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski was pierced for the fourth time during the match, England became world champions by winning 4-2 against West Germany. It is the 1966 World Cup , and the World Cup played in front of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the only intercontinental title raised to the sky by the patron fathers of football and that shot by Hurst, that goal stubbornly sought, despite 120 minutes of battle , allowed him to be half a century ago and still the first and so far only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final .

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It has just been 50 years since 30 July 1966, when, on an early summer afternoon, in the symbolic stadium of Wembley, England raised the trophy in front of almost 97 thousand spectators. Hurst’s hat-trick (according to the canons of English purists and the perfect hat-trick because it is scored with the head, left and right) is still remembered and revered today. The minutes of the goals scored of his sporting feat are handed down from generation to generation: two arrived in extra time with the last one, at 120 ‘, which has not yet been equaled . To say, Mario Gotze, the last to have scored in a world final, scored the decisive goal for the German triumph in the 113th minute.
But in addition to the minutes, who gave the assist, still today to create great debate and argument and the second goal: “Geoff, but the ball has crossed the line or not
“. In the modern era of Goal Line Technology or of the Hawk-Eye, in which thanks to technology you want to try to govern football and all the diatribes that it carries with it, Sir Geoff’s network is to be considered in all respects the first famous case of “ghost goal” : minute 101, right-back Cohen crosses the ball at half height, slingshots with number 10 himself Hurst who controls by moving away a few centimeters from the opponent’s goal and then suddenly curls up on himself to conclude at the net. The ball hits the crossbar and bounces almost perpendicularly: and goal
He has completely crossed the line
After a few seconds of uncertainty with 97 thousand souls suspended in the void, consulting with the linesman, the referee points to the midfield.
We will never be fully interested in knowing the truth. And not even Geoff, now on the threshold of 76 years, thinks about it anymore. He certainly cannot be said to be a “romantic” having sold all the memorabilia of that 1966 World Cup that he should have lived as a supporting actor being a reserve, but on one thing he will always be convinced:
I was in the best of my form when ‘England was at its best: that, from 1965 to 1972, was the best period for football across the Channel. Without a doubt
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