Brazil made soccer history tonight (Sunday). Amid wildly excited scenes in Mexico City's Astec Stadium,?
Brazil made soccer history tonight (Sunday). Amid wildly excited scenes in Mexico City's Astec Stadium, the Brazilians raced to a brilliant 4-1 victory over Italy and became the first team to win the World Cup three times - - a feat which enables Brazil to become permanent holders of the Jules Rimet trophy.
The Brazilians went ahead after only 18 minutes. Tostao took a throw in, Rivelino crossed a precision centre into the goalmouth and the incredible Pele soared above the defence to head the ball into the net. A great goal and Brazil's hundredth in World Cup Football.
For a while, the South American Champions relaxed allowing Italy to get back into the game. Eight minutes before the interval, Boninsegna intercepted a loose pass and rounded goalkeeper Felix to push the ball into an open goal.
The scenes was set for a great second half battle. As Brazil's brilliant forwards began to get the upper hand, the Italian defenders were reduced to some desperate and often crude tackling.
But they could not stop the Brazilian goal-machine. In the 65th minute, Jair chipped a pass to Gerson who crashed a 20-yard drive into the corner of the net.
Six minutes later, Gerson centred, Pele nodded the ball down to Jair who ran the ball into the net. After that, the Brazilians demoralised their opponents with a feat of exhibition football. Three minutes from time, Jair and Tostao split the Italian defence, Pele laid on a shot for his captain Carlos Alberto who fired a tremendous shot into the net.
At the final whistle, Brazilian fans invaded the pitch to mob their heroes. It was only after several players had been stripped nearly naked. They Carlos Alberto led his team to receive the Jules Rimet trophy from Mexican President Diaz Orduz.