Uruguay Shock Brazil

Birm­ing­ham Gazette July 17, 1950

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“Rio de Janeiro – Uruguay lifted the Jules Rimet World Soc­cer Cup, beat­ing the hot favourites Brazil by two goals to one in the last match of the fi­nal pool be­fore a crowd of nearly 200,000.

Few gave Uruguay a chance against the Brazil­ians, who had scored 13 goals in their last two games.

Brazil took the lead two min­utes af­ter the restart. Ademir weaved through and gave out­side-right Fri­aca a per­fect pass which he con­verted. The crowd went wild and rock­ets zoomed all over the sta­dium.

Af­ter 65 min­utes, Uruguay equalised with a clever goal by Schi­affino. Then the Brazil­ians made a tac­ti­cal mis­take in not mark­ing Ghig­gia suf­fi­ciently, and he scored the win­ner.

Uruguay’s play­ers em­braced and also hugged the ref­eree, Ge­orge Reader, who had con­trolled the match firmly.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the cup, with the ground now half de­serted, the play­ers danced around ges­tic­u­lat­ing with joy.” Re­port of the 1950 World Cup Fi­nal, in front of foot­ball’s big­gest ever crowd

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