West Germans Win Semi-Final
Wembley staged the England v Portugal semi-final and Goodison hosted the other between West Germany and Russia (who had fortuitously overcome Hungary in the previous round).
The Russians had the legendary Lev Yashin in goal, the only goalkeeper to have ever won the prestigious European Footballer of the Year award.
The tie was always going to be an anti-climax after what had gone before, and interestingly the gate of 38,000 was the lowest for the five games staged by Everton.
In a real physical battle the Germans - as ever - came through 2-1, with Franz Beckenbauer, playing in his first World Cup, scoring the crucial second goal.
Five days later, West Germany lost in the final!
Monday, July 25th 1966
West Germany 2 (Haller, Beckenbauer) Soviet Union 1 (Parkoujan).
West Germany: Tillkowski, Lutz, Schulz, Schnellinger, Weber, Beckenbauer, Haller, Seller, Held, Overath, Emmerich.
Soviet Union: Yashin, Ponomarev, Chesterniev, Danilov, Voronin, Khosainov, Sabo, Chislenko, Banichevski, Malafeev, Parkoujan.