Luzhniki first record

07 March 2017
Football match USSR - England, 1958, Moscow. During a football match between USSR and England. © L. Dorensky / TASS
Throughout its history the main sports arena of the country has collected hundreds of thousands of sold out for several times. 102,000 fans came on May 18, 1958 for the first-ever match between the USSR and the Great Britain.

Both teams were preparing for the World Cup in Sweden in less than a month, and this match was a dress rehearsal for the first Soviet team to participate in the World Cup. The British dominated the field, but the game ended with the score 1:1. Football founders blamed poor field quality in their failure.

A month later during the World Cup group stage the Soviet Union and England met twice. First game ended with the 2:2 score, and by the end of the group stage both teams had four points. According to the regulations of the tournament  they had to play an extra game, and it was for the USSR national team - 1:0. The Soviet players have been in the playoffs, and the British have gone home.

Soon, teams agreed to hold another friendly match, this time in London. October 22 at the Wembley stadium England national team’s duty for quitting the World Cup was paid back in full. Crushing score 0:5 always remained the biggest defeat of the Soviet national team.


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