REUTERS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

Brazil, was a box of sur­prises.

Eng­land were beaten by the US and Spain, Italy were brushed aside by Swe­den, and Brazil were turned over right at the death by un­der­dogs Uruguay.

Bizarrely, there were no semi­fi­nals and fi­nal but rather an un­prece­dented – and never to be re­peated – fi­nal group.

Brazil only needed a draw in the last game against Uruguay to pick up the tro­phy and an all-timere­cord crowd of around 200,000 packed into the mas­sive Es­ta­dio Mara­cana to cel­e­brate.

Fri­aca gave Brazil the lead but the de­fi­ant Uruguayans si­lenced the Mara­cana with goals from Juan Schi­affino and Al­cides Ghig­gia. A hand­ful of Brazil­ians are said to have com­mit­ted sui­cide in de­spair, and hap­less goal­keeper Moacir Bar­bosa be­came a na­tional hate fig­ure. – Sapa-dpa

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