A fresh look back at classic World Cup matches and moments, minute-by-minute as they really happened.
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Everyone remembers Gazza's tears, Zidane's headbutt and Maradona's hand of God
But do you recall Platt's late 'goal' that nearly sent England to the 1990 final?
West Germany beating the Dutch with Total Football of their own in '74?
The 1970 final veering from the sublime to the ridiculous with Pele shanking shots into the stand?
The goals, the genius, the farces and the fistfights. The men behind the Guardian's world-famous minute-by-minute football reports - the original and best - bring you the story of the World Cup from 1930 to the present day, as seen through fresh eyes. History unencumbered by received wisdom, Smyth and Murray give you the classic matches as they happened.