Sunday, December 15, 2013

15 December 1982 - One Of Those Things Was Not Like The Other

On 15 December 1982, England got goals from a record number of scorers when they beat Luxembourg 9-0 in a European qualifier. And one of them wasn't English.

The match, played at Wembley, was the third of the qualification campaign for both teams, with England taking a win and draw in their previous two and Luxembourg losing both of theirs. So it was no surprise when the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, though the scorer's identity may have beenLuxembourg's Marcel Bossi put the ball into his own net while trying to clear a square ball from Luther Blissett.

It was only the beginning of what turned out to be the most lopsided result of the campaign for either team. By the break, England were up 4-0 with additional goals from Steve Coppell (22'), Tony Woodcock (34'), and Blissett (44'). Blissett scored twice more in the second half (62', 86') along with Mark Chamberlain (71'), Glenn Hoddle (87'), and Phil Neal (89') to stretch the final margin to 9-0.

The seven different scorers (including Bossi) set an England record for the largest number of scorers in a single match. But it wasn't enough for England to qualify, as they ultimately finished second to Denmark in the group and missed out on the tournament.

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