Argentina - England *

17 MAY 1953, Friendly

Argentina (Guillermo Stábile)

Julio Mussimesi, Pedro Dellacha, José Garcia Perez, Francisco Lombardo, Eliseo Mouriño, Ernesto Gutierrez, Rodolfo Micheli, Norberto Méndez, Carlos Lacasia, Ernesto Grillo, Osvaldo Cruz

England (Walter Winterbottom)

Gil Merrick, Alf Ramsey, Bill Eckersley, Bill Wright, Harry Johnston, Jim Dickinson, Ivan Broadis, Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Tommy Taylor, John Berry


Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires



Argentina team was formed 2 weeks before the game from the five-man Independiete forward line, the Boca Juniors defence and Racing's midfield.

First Grillo goal is called "impossible goal" because of the angle it was scored from.

"There was no doubt about South Americans superiority. The FA XI were completely dazzled by the quick accurate Argentinians and our defence at the end was almost at panic stations." (Daily Express)

This match is considered an unofficial international by England (Buenos Aires League XI v Football Association League XI).

Attendance: 52000

See also

All matches in 1950s

All matches against England

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