The host nation opened up the second round of the group stages with a comprehensive victory over the minnows of Australia in Hamburg. The match played on a Tuesday afternoon was broadcast live on the BBC with Barry Davies in the commentators chair.
Veteran Wolfgang Overath opened the scoring with a long-range effort in the 12th minute, the Germans doubling the lead on 33 minutes. Good work on the right by Uli Hoeness saw him pick out Bernd Cullman eight yards out from goal and he planted a firm header past JAck Reilly in the Australian goal.
The match was wrapped up eight minutes into the second half, a Hoeness corner flicked in by Gerd Muller at the near post.
Later that evening East German and Chile met in West Berlin in a match loaded with political significance.
With the two sides being run by dictatorships from opposite ends of the political spectrum, there were worries that the match would be marred by protests, with Chile’s opening game against West Germany marred by the unveiling of a banner depicting a swastika. There were no banners allowed into the stadium, but that did not stop the protesters, who just had to be a little bit more ingenious. A group of supporters arranged themselves into a shape of a swastika in the stands, marking themselves out with yellow rain coats.
On the field East Germany were the dominant outfit, Juergen Sparwasser testing the Chilean keeper with a long-range free kick. It was the first in a host of long-range efforts by the East Germans, as they found the Chilean defence difficult to break down. This proved true in a remarkable goalmouth scramble which saw the South American side block five efforts in quick succession to prevent themselves from falling behind.
Given the defensive resilience, it was a massive disappointment that they fell behind on 55 minutes to such a simple goal. A free kick from the left hand side found Martin Hoffman unmarked three yards out and he nodded home the opener.
Chile opened up once they found themselves behind and it the post with a stunning free kick. They did level matters with 21 minutes left, Sergio Ahumada gleefully tucking home from six yards, meeting a cross from the right flank.
Both sides were denied a winner by the woodwork, Chile hitting the bar with an acrobatic volley whilst the Germans crashed a 30 yard free kick against the crossbar.
The match ended at 1-1, a result which would have pleased the Chileans more knowing that whilst they faced minnows Australia, East Germany would have the highly charged match against their neighbours and hosts, West Germany.
Neither channel showed the match live, all attention in the UK focused on Frankfurt where Scotland were taking on the World Champions, Brazil.