Monday, October 9, 2017

MOTD (Retro) World Cup Qualifying Special

England may have cruised through their qualifying group for the 2018 finals in Russia, but qualifying for Argentina forty years ago was much more difficult.

Ultimately, a 2-0 defeat in the baggy nets of Stadio Olimpico in Rome sealed England's fate, Roberto Bettega's diving header for 2-0 a highlight.

While a reverse of that scoreline at Wembley a year later still couldn't help England qualify, it's a chance to ogle once more at Wembley's late 70's nets and note the curiosity of two balls in the net when Kevin Keegan's header beats Dino Zoff.

Monday, October 2, 2017

MOTD (Retro) Week 7

Crystal Palace may have been crushed 4-0 by Mourinho's Man U on Saturday, but 45 years ago the tables were turned when a rampant Palace, inspired by Don Rogers, thrashed United 5-0.

This week's Match of the Day features the goals from this classic encounter, Don Rogers' moustache and the totemic A-frames (and unnecessary Wankdorf 1954 ground supports) at old Selhurst Park.