USSR 1 ENGLAND 2 International Friendly The Lenin Stadium, Moscow 10th June 1973

People talk about meaningless international friendlies nowadays and this fixture would have been met with scorn had it been played in the modern era. However the end of season tour was more of a staple of international football in odd numbered summers, and England continued to trek around Eastern Europe with this fixture in Moscow.

The match saw Bobby Moore equal Bobby Charlton’s international appearance record with his 106th cap and, by all accounts had a fine match as he and England bounced back from the disappointment of Katowice.

England took the lead on nine minutes through Martin Chivers, and doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half thanks to an own goal by Murtaz Khurtsialvia. The Soviets hit back with a Vladimir Muntian penalty and had a goal disallowed 10 minutes from time as England hung on for the win.

Again I have been unable to find any footage although ITV did show highlights of the match that evening. Sir Alf Ramsey also made use of his substitutions a little better, making three for the first time in England’s international history.


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