From the Euro Archives: Coin Toss Paved Italy's Path to 1968 Title

In a historic moment at the 1968 European Championship, a coin toss decided Italy's fate against the Soviet Union, propelling them to victory.

In the 1968 European Championship, the host nation Italy faced the Soviet Union in a match that ended in a goalless draw. With no extra time or penalty shootouts in place at the time, the referee, Kurt Tschenscher, resorted to a coin toss to determine the winner.

The tournament featured only four teams: Italy, England, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia. After the stalemate between Italy and the Soviet Union in the first round, the referee summoned the captains of both teams to the dressing room for the coin toss.

The crowd at the Stadio San Paolo in Turin eagerly awaited the outcome. Italian captain Giacinto Facchetti emerged jubilant, announcing Italy's victory and advancement to the final thanks to the coin toss.

A draw occurred again in the final between Italy and Yugoslavia, this time with a score of 1-1. However, instead of another coin toss, a replay was scheduled two days later at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Italy won the replay 2-0, securing their first European Championship title.



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