June 17th - Estadio Nacional
3 (1) BRAZIL
Mauro, Zozimo, N.Santos, Zito, Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Amarildo, Zagalo.
1 (1) CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Novak, Pluskal, Popluhar, Masopust, Pospichal, Scherer, Kvasnak, Kadraba,
Nikolai Latychev (Soviet Union)
After an anxious 24-hour wait, FIFA ruled that Garrincha could play in
the World Cup final. And Brazil could count themselves lucky, for Garrincha
was one of six players dismissed during the tournament. The others all
received a one-match ban, yet "The Little Bird" was let off with a reprimand.
The Czechs, however, were ready for his presence, and kept him quiet throughout
Despite the all night long celebrations in Santiago, following Chile's
capture of the third place, nearly 70.000 people turned up for the big
final. And what a surprise they received when Masopust put Czechoslovakia
into a 15 minute lead after racing on to a long pass from Scherer. But
those who were familiar with their World Cup history knew that four of
the six previous World Cup winners had fallen behind. And when Czechoslovakia
were last in the final, against Italy in 1934, they opened the scoring,
yet still lost. History was about to repeat itself.
It took Brazil only two minutes to wipe out Masopust's goal, when Amarildo
beat the outstanding Schrojf with a shot from an acute angle. The normally
reliable keeper was to blame. He was expecting a cross and was slow to
react to Amarildo's shot.
Czechoslovakia who only went to Chile after beating Scotland in a play-off
in the qualifiers, were not overawed and were a good match for the favourites.
However, they allowed Brazil to take the lead for the first time in the
68th minute, when Zito started and finished a move, heading home an Amarildo
centre. And 13 minutes from time the Czechs were completely demoralized
when their normally dependable goalkeeper fumbled a lob into the penalty
area from Djalma Santos. Vava was on the spot to put the ball into the
net. Brazil ran out winners and Mauro went up to collect the Jules Rimet
Trophy as Brazil joined Uruguay and Italy as two-times winners.
- is one of the best wingers of all time. He finished joint top scorer
of this World Cup. In Pele's absence, he took Brazil to yet another World
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