Striker Geoff Hurst, whose hatrick helped England to World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966, launched them on a successful start to their title defence in Mexico today (Tuesday.
GV Rumania playing (L to R) kick off & ball into touch
GV Section of crowd
GTV England throw in; Cooper centres into goalmouth, players collide
SV Hurst PAN Rumanian players on ground
GV Moore takes free kick for England, goalkeeper saves ball thrown out (2 shots)
GV Midfield play, Rumania attack, robbed by England defence
MV Referee blows for half time
LV Players leave field
SV&GV England kick-off & attack from right wing
LV Wright crosses from right wing, Hurst beads heads wide
LV Rumania attack & Bank gets back pass
SV&GV Banks kicks ball
SV England attacking, Wright passes to Ball, Ball centres to Hurst who scores (SOME SOF)
GV England take free kick & misses goal
MV Referee blows for full-time
GV Players leave field
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Background: Striker Geoff Hurst, whose hatrick helped England to World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966, launched them on a successful start to their title defence in Mexico today (Tuesday. An opportunist goal by Hurst gave the champions a 1-0 victory over Rumania in the opening Group Three match at Guadalajara.
Hurst's match winner came in the 64th minute, just as England had begun to despair of breaking through Rumania's tough-tackling rearguard.
Tommy Wright, a second-half substitute for injury victim Keith Newton, started the move with a pass to Alan Ball. The hard running midfield players sent a perfect 20 yard pass to Hurst, who rounded Ion Dumitru before sliding the ball into the net at close range.
In contrast to the lack-lustre game between Mexico and Russia which opened the 1970 World Cup series on Sunday, England and Rumania produced an early display of close passing and quickly mounted attacks.
But their approach work to goal lacked penetration. Both sides carved out scoring chances, only to squander them.
After the goalless first half, England came out after the interval with a greater sense of purpose, and the Rumanian defence was hurried into some robust tackling. Once Hurst had scored his all-important goal, England took control of the match and gave Rumania little chance of drawing level.