July 30th - Estadio Centenario
4 (1) URUGUAY
Nasazzi, Mascheroni, Andrade, Fernandez, Gestido, Dorado, Scarone, Castro,
2 (2) ARGENTINA
Torre, Paternoster, J.Evaristo, Monti, Suarez, Peucelle, Varallo, Stabile,
Jean Langenus (Belgium)
Soccer history was made at the Estadio Centenario on Wednesday July 30th
1930, when host nation Uruguay and South American neighbours, Argentina
met in the final of the very first World Cup. Uruguay left out Anselmo
and replaced him with the one-armed (!?) Castro at center forward.
José Nasazzi and Manuel Ferreira captained the two sides, and the
match was refereed by the experienced Jean Langenus from Belgium. The opening
minutes saw the two teams "discovering" eachother, but after 12 minutes,
the home side took the lead when Pablo Dorado shot through the legs of
goalkeeper Botasso. Eight minutes later, the scores were level when Carlos
Peucelle picked up a pass from Varallo and beat goalkeeper Ballesteros
with a powerful shot. Argentina took the lead in the 37th minute after
scored, but it was to be one of the game's most controversial incidents.
When he collected the ball, Stábile looked offside - the Uruguayan
captain Nsazzi later agreed with that - but despite appeals to the referee,
Langenus would not change his mind and the goal stood.
In the second half Uruguay got back into the game when Pedro Cea scored
after 57 minutes. At 2-2 both teams had chances to score a decisive goal.
The Argentinians with attacking trio, Peucelle, Evaristo and Stábile
could spoil the party for the hosts. But Uruguay eased any concern in the
68th minute when Santos Iriarte scored a cracking goal from more than 25
yards. The stadium exploded in celebrations. It was a goal worth winning
any World Cup final.
Topscorer Stábile almost spoiled the party when hitting the crossbar
a few minutes later, but then that crucial fourth goal came for the hosts.
It was scored in the very last minute by Castro, who headed home a Dorado
cross. The man who accidently lost parts of his left arm suddenly became
a national hero. He had scored Uruguay's only goal in their opening match
against Peru, but was then dropped. Now he was recalled and scored the
goal that secured Uruguay the World Cup. The final whistle went and Uruguay
could celebrate, and so they did! People danced in the streets of Montevideo
all night and the next days. The day after the final was actually declared
a national holiday.
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