Bobby Charlton kick-starts England's '66 campaign with a thunderbolt.
Mexico play Argentina in today’s other Round of 16 fixture and it is likely to provide a compelling spectacle.
Argentina have maintained a 100 per cent win rate so far in the competition, playing some fantastic football, much of which has been orchestrated by their most talismanic of players, Lionel Messi.
Mexico meanwhile were involved in an absorbing opening match with the hosts and produced a cracking performance to beat France in their second group game.
And if that’s not enough to make you want to tune in this evening, there is also the little matter of this match providing the quarter-final opponents to the winners of England’s clash with Germany.
While England have faced Argentina on five previous World Cup occasions, the Three Lions have faced Mexico in only one previous edition of the tournament, 1966.
We took on the Central Americans in our second game in Group 1 and there was already huge expectations on Alf Ramsey’s men to get a result, having played out a rather dour 0-0 draw with Uruguay in their opening fixture.
This time, however, England did not disappoint and their campaign burst into life in spectacular fashion when Bobby Charlton ran from the half-way line unopposed and unleashed a trademark thunderbolt from over 25 yards that rocketed past Calderon in the Mexico goal.
England had kick-started their bid to become World Champions in earnest and when Roger Hunt continued his incredible scoring streak on 75 minutes – netting his 13th international goal in just 15 appearances – Ramsey and his men were assured of their first win.
The current England squad would no doubt enjoy the opportunity to recreate that classic encounter from ’66 in the next round but first up it’s Germany and we know how much history there is there...