1930 - Final (half time scores
July 30, 1930
Uruguay - Argentina 4:2 (1:2)
Ballesteros, Nasazzi, Mascheroni, Andrade, Fernandez,
Gestido, Dorado, Scarone, Castro, Cea, Iriarte.
Scorers: Dorado, Cea, Iriarte, Castro.
Botasso, Della Torre, Paternoster, J. Evaristo,
Monti, Suarez, Peucelle, Varallo, Stabile, Ferreira,
Scorers: Peucelle, Stabile.
Referee: J. Langenus.
The first ever World Cup Final was played at the
Centenario Stadium, Montevideo on July 30th. However,
the game was preceded by the seemingly pointless
dispute as to who should provide the match ball.
FIFA stepped in with the Solomon-like decision to
split the disputed baby: Argentina provided the
ball for the first half, Uruguay provided one for
Uruguay, which was celebrating a centenary of independence
from Spanish rule, and had twice triumphed at the
Olympics in football, eventually won 4-2, but not
before enduring the trauma of a half time 1-2 deficit
after a questionable goal from Stabile. Captained
by Jose Nasazzi the Uruguayans proved a much more
durable team, Pedro Ceo scoring a memorable equaliser,
Iriarte then put the hosts ahead, a position cemented
by a further goal from Castro (who played under
the handicap of an arm being partially missing).
Thus the Argentines, led by “Nalo” Ferreira, who
had played one more game than their Uruguayan hosts,
were unable to obtain revenge for their defeat at
the hands of Uruguay in the 1928 Olympic final.
Riots followed in Argentina, an ugly obverse side
of the coin to the wild celebrations in Montevideo
and elsewhere in Uruguay. The 31 July 1930 was a
national holiday for the victors.