Quarter final

Half time scores in brackets
Brazil 3 (1) England 1 (1)
Attendance 17,736

Brazil were simply too strong for England, Garrincha consistently swooping down the right wing, making it his own private domain and passing at will. Eventually Garrincha himself opened the scoring, with a header after half an hour’s play. England recovered through a goal from Hitchen’s, but there could be no denying who was on top. A second half free kick from Garrincha cannoned off Ron Springett, falling to the waiting Vava who restored Brazil’s lead. Any hope that England may have entertained of sneaking back into the game was ended minutes later by Garrincha, whose swerving shot completely eluded Springett in goal for England.

Semi-final results

Half time scores in brackets
Brazil 4 (2) Chile 2 (1)
Attendance 76,594

Chile’s good fortune could not last in the semi-finals; finally they were up against it in the shape of an in form, exceptionally powerful team, even without Pelé. As against England, Garrincha proved unstoppable, scoring twice despite repeated baiting from the partisan crowd. Vava also scored twice, thus Brazil scored four in total against two from the hosts Chile. Eventually Garrincha’s patience gave way and he reacted, resulting in a sending off. The crowd had had its way, although too late to alter the course of the game. Insult was added to injury when Garrincha was hit by a bottle when leaving the pitch. Fortunately for football, Fifa decided that the provocation had been immense, so Garrincha was permitted to play in the final.

Final result

Santiago 17 June 1962

Brazil: Gylmar, Santos D., Santos N., Zito, Mauro, Zozimo,
Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Amarildo and Zagalo.

Czechoslovakia: Schroiff, Tichy, Novak, Pluskal, Popluhar, Masopust,
Popspichal, Scherer, Kvasnak, Kadabra and Jelinek.

Referee: Nicholai Latyshev (Soviet Union).

Half time scores in brackets.

Czechoslovakia 1 (1) Brazil 3 (1)

Attendance 68,679

Masopust (Czechoslovakia)
Zito, Amarildo and Vava (Brazil).

Thus the 1962 final was between Brazil, as expected, and the unfancied Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia had managed a goal less draw with the South American masters in the first round; that, however, had been due to the magisterial form of the Czechoslovak goal keeper Schroiff. Few observers expected the ageing Czechoslovaks to repeat the feat, particularly given the terrible threat posed by Garrincha on the wing. Initially, however, all started well for the underdogs, they put extra men on Garrincha, which coupled with Schroiff’s goal keeping proved adequate for the task of keeping Brazil at bay; then a promising start was converted to an excellent one when Masopust scored using his left foot in the eighteenth minute for the European side. A stunned Brazil kept pouring forward, Amarildo, within four minutes of the Czechoslovak goal, dribbled down the left wing and headed towards the opposing goal. Schroiff, understandably, chose to guard the near post, but it was a mistake as the “White Pelé” somehow found the space to squeeze in a shot that went in at the far post. Yet the underdog would not lie time; space was denied to the Brazilians, who were unable to impose a fast free-flowing game that would ensure victory. A stalemate persisted until well into the second half. Twice the Brazilian goalkeeper was tested, thus the result remained certain. Then it came: Amarildo, apparently trapped by the corner flag, broke his binds, racing inside he quickly passed to Zito, who finally got the better of Schroiff with a header, sixty-nine minutes had elapsed. In the seventy-eighth minute an optimistic “up and under” from Djalma Santos was dropped by Schroiff - a slip that turned into a calamity as Vava was on hand to slot the ball home; the game was over as a contest. For the first time since the 1930s the reigning World Champions had retained the Jules Rimet Trophy.

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