The all-time World Cup

June 10th 2005
Munich, Olympia Stadion
2-3 aet (0-0,2-2)

      GOALS                    49'  0-1  Jairzinho
                               62'  1-1  Roberto Matosas
                               71'  2-1  Pedro Petrone
                               88'  2-2  Romario
                              112   2-3  Zico

      REFEREE                 William Ling (England)

      ATTENDANCE              78,000

      YELLOW CARDS            Fernandez, Matosas, José Andrade (URU)
                              Dunga, Ricardo Gomes (BRA)

      URUGUAY (Coach: Juan Lopez, system 4-4-2)

       1 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
      19 Luis Ignacio Ubinas
       2 Roberto Matosas
       5 José Emilio Santamaria
       4 José Nasazzi (captain)
       8 José Leandro Andrade           (-79)
      20 Lorenzo Fernandez
      10 Enzo Luis Francescoli
      11 Pedro José Cea                 (-87)
      17 Hector Pedro Scarone
       9 Pedro Petrone                  (-80)
      21 Matias Gonzalez                (+79)
       7 Juan Alberto Schiaffino        (+80)
      15 Nestor Goncalvez               (+87)

      BRAZIL (Coach: Mario Zagalo, system 4-4-2)

       1 Claudio Taffarel
       2 Cafu
       3 Luiz Pereira
      15 Ricardo Gomes
       6 Nilton Santos                  (-75)
      19 Jairzinho
       8 Toninho Cerezo                 (-83)
       5 Dunga (captain)
      10 Didi                           (-75)
      10 Pelé
       9 Ronaldo
      17 Roberto Carlos                 (+75)
      12 Romario                        (+75)
      20 Zico                           (+83)


    Uruguay and Brazil met in what was called a rematch of the World Cup 1950 final though that wasn't a real final. They also played each other in the semi final of 1970. The big rivalry between the two had always led to legendary matches between brilliant Brazilians and supersolid Uruguayans. Brazil now were the favourites for this match. But the match against Belgium had once more discovered that they were vulnerable in defence. It was there where Uruguay's chances lay. Brazil would, like always in their history, search for attack and try to score at least one more than their opponent. A great outlook for one of the oldest traditionals of South American football.

    Uruguay coach Juan Lopez had to reshuffle his defence. Juan Mujica was suspended and Lopez decided to move captain Nasazzi, a versatile defender, to the left. It opened the right back spot for Luis Ubinas, the captain of 1970. In midfield another gun missing was Varela, also suspended because of a second booking. For him Lorenzo Fernandez came in the team. In the point of attack Petrone got the nod again over Miguez. Mario Zagalo on the other end had a surprise in store when he handed Jairzinho a starting place instead of Garrincha. Though Garrincha had done well against Belgium Zagalo thought that Jairzinho's pace and his great performance in the 1970 semi final could cause panic in the Uruguay defence. Cafu had recovered from his injury and replaced Carlos Alberto at right back.

    Both teams opened carefully. None of them accepted the risk of going too far forward, offering space to the quick strikers of the opponent. Uruguay got the first chance of the match. Cea shot from outside the box, Taffarel couldn't hold it but just when Petrone thought he had finished Ricardo Gomes blocked the shot for a corner. In the beginning it was merely a match that was played in midfield. Varela's role was taken by Fernandez and he did it well. Fernandez formed, just like in 1930, a solid tandem with Andrade who had the difficult task of playing against Didi. Fernandez mostly met Toninho Cerezo in a battle of runners, Francescoli had to deal with Dunga. If anything was clear it was, that in midfield it was going to be a clash.

    Before the break Brazil got 2 opportunities to open the score. After 30 minutes Ronaldo ran behind a long pass from Nilton Santos, Matosas was beaten but keeper Mazurkiewicz had narrowed the angle in time and kept Ronaldo's effort out. Just before the break Jairzinho freed himself from the tight marking of Nasazzi but the captain fouled him on the edge of the box. Pelé took the free kick, Mazurkiewicz arrived in time again to save it: no goal, no goals at all before half time, so 0-0.

    But after half time the game exploded. Within 5 minutes Brazil opened the score. Dunga set up the attack, Pelé swerved past Matosas and took Mazurkiewicz under fire. This time the goalie had to drop the ball, Jairzinho was there to score: 0-1. Uruguay weren't shocked, they knew they would have to score anyway because it would be impossible to keep Brazil from scoring. They had experienced a situation like this before. In 1950 they came back from 1-0 behind, though there was no Varela here to lead the way. It was a matter to keep on playing and looking for chances that would come. Just like in 1950. Taffarel got more work to do now. First he saved from a bomb released by Cea, then he dropped a cross but Petrone couldn't benefit from it. The fight got tighter as well and referee Ling had to come up with yellow cards to keep things in hand. Fernandez had already been booked, now in was Matosas' turn and moments later also Andrade got one. On Brazilian side, Dunga downed Cea and received a caution too. For Matosas as well as Dunga it was their second booking in the tournament and both would be suspended for the semi final, should their team reach it.

    Uruguay in the second half were just as strong as Brazil and the equalizer didn't really come as a surprise. It happened in the 62th minute. Taffarel parried a shot from Andrade, Nilton Santos cleared only partially. Scarone sent it into the box again, Petrone headed it straight at Cafu but Matosas was at the right spot: 1-1. A deserved goal for Uruguay that had fought bravely to play up to the mighty Brazilians. And it went even further, the 1-1 wouldn't stay too long on the scoresheet. Uruguay made the surprise perfect. Nine minutes after equalizing Nasazzi's - the defenders were moving forward too - shot was blocked by the yellowblue wall but Petrone was attentive and shot it unstoppable for Taffarel in the far corner: 2-1 for Uruguay! Brazil, huge favourites for the title, were behind with less than 20 minutes to go.

    Zagalo, until then moveless on the bench, reacted immediately. He had his plan ready for an emergency case. And this was one! Roberto Carlos (for Nilton Santos) and Romario (for Didi) came in, players with an enormous attacking potential. Uruguay substituted Andrade and Petrone and brought Matias Gonzalez and Juan Schiaffino in. The rest of the time would show an attacking Brazil and Uruguay just defending, that much was clear. The match entered it's climax. With Ronaldo and Romario up front and Pelé just behind, Brazil were threatening and Uruguay were pushed back. Mazurkiewicz seemed to develop into the hero of the match. With two brilliant reflexes from Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo he made up for his little mistake that had led to the first Brazilian goal. One minute later however, Scarone could have made everything clear from the break as he found Taffarel on his way. With defensive midfielder Goncalvez for Cea Uruguay tried to survive the last minutes. But one minute later it happened as yet: the equalizer for a desperate Brazil. It was a brilliant moment from Romario. Pelé got the ball on the edge of the box and could only play it back to Dunga. The captain sent it to Romario, in the box again with Goncalvez at his back. Instead of turning and shooting, Romario suddenly played it with his back heel into the net, from 8 metres out, leaving Mazurkiewicz and all his Uruguay teammates shattered: 2-2, and extra time.

    Neither of the two teams could hold on to the pace at which they had been playing during those last 30 minutes. On top of that Brazil, with also Zico on the field in place of Toninho Cerezo, now had an extremely attacking side and had to be careful. On the other end, Uruguay had only Scarone left up front and Schiaffino and Francescoli as attacking midfielders. It looked as if it would go directly to the penalty kicks. Both teams were tired and it didn't look as if either of them could force a decision. Until in the 112th minute the Brazilian flash came as yet. Roberto Carlos, relatively fit of course, steamed up along the sideline and sent a sharp cross into the box. Zico squeezed through between Santamaria and Goncalvez and tapped it in at the first post: 2-3, still the lead for Brazil, Uruguay down and out on the floor. It had been moments away from a sensational victory, it could have claimed the win. But then the ultimate class of the Brazilian players was still decisive. If not Pelé, then Ronaldo. Or otherwise Garrincha, Jairzinho, or Romario. Or, like today, Zico. Was there a team to be found that could withstand this power up front? If Uruguay couldn't, who could? Brazil advanced to the semi final, with the winner of Italy-Germany coming up. A new test for Zagalo's wonderboys.

    Holland are without defender Wim Suurbier as they face France in their match in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Both teams have never met on World Cup level and it is difficult to predict the outcome, the more because both have convinced. Coach Rinus Michels doubts whether he will put Caldenhove in defence or take Neeskens back like he did before when he was coach at Ajax. In that case Jan Wouters might fill the gap in midfield. Holland didn't show their best performance against the Soviet Union, still went through and are out to prove their real potential. Aimé Jacquet might stick to the team that beat Portugal in the last 16. Cantona and Henry formed a fine partnership with the latter standing out, and defensively they withstood Eusebio, Figo and Torres pretty well. Now Holland is still something else. It will be a match between two teams relying on their skills: Zidane vs. Cruijff, Platini vs. Van Hanegem, a great match-up. The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is the venue, Sergio Gonella the referee in his home country.


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