A crowd of forty five thousand filled Goodison park football ground in Liverpool of the twelfth of July for a match between Bulgaria and Brazil, their first in the World Soccer Cup championship.
A crowd of forty five thousand filled Goodison park football ground in Liverpool of the twelfth of July for a match between Bulgaria and Brazil, their first in the World Soccer Cup championship. Brazil supporters waved green and yellow banners as the title holders kicked off for the beginning of the first half.
After ten minutes there was no score. An early attack from Bulgaria, headed by Asparuhov was beaten off. The ball passed to Pele.
Pele came through with the ball to within three yards of the penalty area, where he was fouled by Bulgaria's Zhechev. The referee gave a free kick which was taken by Pele himself. Brazilian fans were quiet as Pele made the run up to the ball. Then there were cheers as the ball slammed home low into the left-hand corner of the net. Goalie Naidenov dived for the ball and although he actually touched it was unable to save it.
Team-mates congratulated Pele and Brazilian spectators began their chant of "Avante Brazil". Bulgaria worked hard to gain an equalizer with Yakimov and the dangerous Asparuhov putting on the pressure. But when the whistle went for the end of half time the score was still one nil.
The first minutes of the second half saw a fine run up the right with Pele in full control of the ball. Naidenov made a dive for the ball and collided with another player; but the ball was cleared.
Asparuhov missed his best chance of the match when he snatched the ball from defending Gylmar yet sent the ball into the side net. Brazil launched an attack which ended in a foul on Freitas twenty five yards out from the right hand penalty area.
It was Garrincha who took the free kick and again there was a solemn hush over the pitch. He sent the ball surely into the corner of the net and Naidenov never stood a chance of saving it. This was the second and final score of a hard-fought match. The Brazilians walked off with a well-deserved victory and it was only the superb goalkeeping of Naidenov that kept the score as low as two nil.