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About World Cup 1950

Uruguay vs Brazil was the decisive match of the final group stage at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The match was played at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de janeiro, Brazil, on 16 July 1950. With Brazil one point ahead of Uruguay going into the match, Uruguay needed a win while Brazil needed only to avoid defeat to claim the title of world champions.

Brazil took the lead shortly after half-time through Friaca, but  Juan Alberto Schaffino (Uruguay´s goal getter and also Milan´s) equalized for Uruguay mid-way through the half before  Alcides Ghiggia hit the winning goal with just 11 minutes remaining in the match. The result is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in football history, and the term Maracanazo , roughly translated as “The Maracanã Blow” has become synonymous with the match.