This legendary clash on June 17, 1970 has come to be known as the 'Game of the Century'. So epic was the game that, in commemoration, there is a monument outside the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City where it was played, which reads: The Azteca Stadium pays homage to the National Teams of Italy (4) and Germany (3), who starred in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, the "Game of the Century".
The first 90 minutes were dramatic, but by no means 'Game of the Century' material. Italy took an eighth minute lead through a Roberto Boninsegna rocket, and then defended valiantly. Germany kept knocking on the door, star man Beckenbauer even playing on with his injured arm in a sling, and finally equalised with the last kick of the game through the most unlikely of sources in defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger.
What followed in extra time could not be predicted: five goals in 30 unforgettable minutes in a gruelling battle of endurance and survival of the fittest. Mueller put Germany in the lead, Tarcisio Burgnich and Gigi Riva then turned things around, before Mueller made it level again in the 110th minute. Straight from the kick-off, Gianni Rivera restored Italy's advantage and that was how it ended. Deep breath.
In Image: German football legend Gerd Mueller presents the Golden Boot trophy for the 2006 FIFA World Cup 29 June 2006 in Berlin. Mueller, past winner of the Golden Boot Award in 1970, unveiled the official FIFA trophy for the 2006 FIFA Football World Cup's Top Scorer.
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