Semi final (half time score in
Czechoslovakia 3 (1) Germany 1 (1)
The Czechoslovaks initially walked all over Germany,
their half-time lead of just one goal not being
anywhere near justice in terms of their superiority.
Unfortunately, complacency set in at the start of
the second half, which enabled Germany to score
a freakish equaliser. Germany then very nearly scored
again, which finally awoke the Czechoslovaks from
their torpor. Nejedly scoring twice more, in addition
to his first half strike, for the Czechoslovaks
to achieve a score line that more accurately reflected
the margin of their superiority. The Czechoslovaks
were also aided by their players greater familiarity,
the team being drawn from only two clubs: Sparta
Final (half time score in brackets):
Italy 2 (0) Czechoslovakia 1 (0) after extra time.
Italy: Combi, Monzeglio, Allemandi, Ferraris IV,
Monti, Bertolini, Guaita, Meazza, Schiavio, Ferrari,
Czechoslovakia: Planicka, Zenisek, Ctyroky, Kostalek,
Cambal, Krcil, Junek, Svoboda, Sobotka, Nejedly,
On 10 June 1934, a crowd of fifty-five thousand
witnessed the host nation Italy take the field against
the more skilful players of Czechoslovakia. Would
Mussolini achieve his propaganda coup with a pliant
referee and a partisan crowd? At first it did not
look so as the Czechoslovaks withstood juddering
stops and crunching tackles to impose a short passing
game. Nonetheless, the pretty patterns on the pitch
did not translate into goals, not until more than
twenty-five minutes had elapsed in the second half.
At which point the Italians started to assert themselves.
After eighty-one minutes Orsi, yet another of the
Argentine “Italians”, scored a freakish goal, feinting
with his left and scoring with his right; a goal
which he was unable to reproduce before expectant
journalists the following day despite twenty attempts!
The match went into extra time, which greatly favoured
the physically more robust Italians. Finally the
non-Argentine Schiavio scored.