England, managed by Alf Ramsey and captained by Bobby Moore, won the toss and elected to kick off. After twelve minutes, Held sent a speculative cross into the English penalty area which Ray Wilson misheaded to Helmut Haller, who promptly scored.
The teams were all square at half time, but after 77 minutes Martin Peters found the back of the net to give England the lead. 2-1 to England. However after a period of sustained German pressure, Weber levelled the scores from a free kick to 2-2 shortly before full-time.
The match therefore went into extra time.
With eleven minutes of extra time gone, Geoff Hurst shot from fairly close in and the ball hit the underside of the cross bar, bounces down - apparently near the line - and was cleared. Was it a goal? The definition of a goal is that the whole of the ball has to be over the whole of the line. The referee was uncertain and consulted his linesman, Mr Bakhraamov, who waved his flag. The crowd were bewildered, some arguing that it was a goal and others not. It was a moment of drama watched by 400 million television viewers. The referee awarded the goal.
One minute before the end of play, Alan Ball picked out the unmarked Geoff Hurst with a long pass, which Geoff Hurst carried forward to score. The final goal gave rise to one of the most famous sayings in English football. The BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme described the last goal, which happened as a few people mistakenly ran onto the pitch believing that the end of the game had been signalled, as follows:
Germany: Tilkowski, Hottges, Schulz, Weber, Schnellinger, Haller, Franz Beckenbauer, Overath, Seeler, Held, Emmerich.