INTRODUCTION: World Soccer Cup holders, Argentina, and Brazil drew 1-1 in an exciting and controversial match in the Gold Cup Tournament in Montevideo on Sunday (4 January).
GV Brazil, in yellow shirts attacking Argentine goal from left to right, ball cleared, then Argentina on attack and shot at goal saved by 'keeper (2 shots)
GV Brazil play then ball intercepted by Argentine Diego Maradona and shot at goal scores (3 shots)
SV Argentine players celebrate goal
GV Scramble in front of Argentine goal and Brazil full back, Edevaldo, scores from long shot, and scorer runs (2 shots)
GV Argentina attack and shot at goal hits post (2 shots)
GV Brazil attack and apparently score, but is not allowed
SV Referee holds up arm to signal end of match and fracas develops between players in midfield (5 shots)
LS Others run on to field and join in fray. Players mill about (6 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: World Soccer Cup holders, Argentina, and Brazil drew 1-1 in an exciting and controversial match in the Gold Cup Tournament in Montevideo on Sunday (4 January). The match ended in a free-for-all brawl between both teams after the referee had blown the final whistle. Armed police broke up the fight before the teams left the pitch. The result eliminated European champions West Germany from the competition.
SYNOPSIS: It was exciting end-to-end stuff, with both sides having their chances, Brazil, int he yellow shirts attacking from left to right, were thwarted by the Argentine keeper Ubaldo Fillol. Argentina also pressed forward, but could not score.
Almost inevitably, the stalemate was broken in the 31st minute by Argentina's brilliant 20-year-old forward Diego Maradona, who showed just why he is valued as the world's most exciting and most valuable player. Moving towards the right hand corner, he cut back towards the Brazilian semi-circle, setting up the ball for his favourite left foot. Goalkeeper Carlos could only delay the shot on its way to the net.
Argentina were ahead against the run of play. They stayed that way until after half-time.
Brazil equalised through full back Edevaldo. From a corner, the ball was punched away by the 'keeper and Edevaldo volleyed into the net.
Argentina were quickly back into the attack, and the pace was fast and furious, with Maradona wreaking havoc in the Brazilian defence. Diaz rounded the 'keeper, but his shot hit the post.
Right on full-time, Brazil appeared to have won when they apparently scored. But jubiliation quickly turned to consternation.
Australian referee Erich Linnemayer had held his arm up not signify a gaol, but to call full-time. The match, which had been played in a good spirit, erupted into chaos. Players crowded into the centre circle and a brawl developed. Armed police raced on to the field to break up the feuding players. The result means that the match on Wednesday (7 January) between Brazil and West Germany will decide whether the Brazilians on Argentines go through to meet Uruguay int he final on Saturday (10 January). West Germany are out after losing to Argentina 2-1 earlier.