On This Day In 1982: Seven Goalscorers And Nine Goals Set An International Record As England Batter Luxembourg (Video)

Martin Cloake

15th, December 2015

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When England played Luxembourg at Wembley in the third game of their Euro 1984 qualifying campaign the horribly mismatched rampage that ensued sent international scoring records a-tumbling.

The hosts ran out 9-0 winners on the night, but the goal-scoring avalanche was to begin with Luxembourg’s Marcel Bossi opening the scoring – the defender ricocheting the ball in his own net in the 18th minute.

England then ran riot, with no less than six players grabbing goals. Steve Coppell, Tony Woodcock, Mark Chamberlain (Alex Oxlade’s old man), Glen Hoddle and Phil Neal all helped themselves to a goal apiece while Watford striker Luther Blissett rammed home a hat-trick.

The convincing win set a new record for the most number of separate goalscorers (seven – unfortunately Bossi was included too) in one international match.

Despite their massive win, England would eventually fail to qualify for the 1984 finals after finishing second in the group behind Denmark by one point and therefore cruelly missing out on a place at the tournament.

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