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Sad to read today of the death, aged 84, of Hans Tilkowski - the German ‘keeper in the 1966 World Cup Final.

If he’d managed to prevent England’s third goal - perhaps by tipping the ball over the bar - football’s greatest ever controversy would have been averted.

Whenever fans asked him to sign a photograph of the incident, he always wrote - “kein Tor” (no goal).

How gracious of him to agree, years later, to unveil the statue in Baku, Azerbaijan, of the linesman, Tofiq Bahramov, who persuaded the Swiss referee to award the goal.

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