World Cup 1982 revisited: The best games

Looking back at the 1982 World Cup, Ali Khaled remembers Italy's stunning dominance over Brazil in the quarter-finals and the other top matches in Spain.

Italy 3, Brazil 0

A fixture at the top of any list of greatest World Cup matches. Both teams had beaten the reigning champions Argentina, but it was Brazil that were huge favourites to progress to the semi-finals. Having failed to score in the four previous matches, Paolo Rossi, back from a two-year ban for his part in a betting scandal, finally exploded into life. Twice he gave Italy the lead and twice Brazil came back with brilliant goals by Socrates and Falcao. Rossi completed his hat-trick with 16 minutes left and their was no coming back for Brazil.

West Germany 3 France 3 (aet, Germany win on penalties)

France departed the World Cup after one of the most dramatic matches of all time. Pierre Littbarski gave West Germany an early lead, which was cancelled by Michel Platini’s penalty. Then came German goalkeeper Toni Schumacher’s ugly foul on Patrick Battiston, which left the Frenchman unconscious. In the first period of extra time, goals by Marius Tresor and Alain Giresse put France within sight of the final, but a typical German comeback was completed through Karl-Heinz Rummingge and Claus Fischer. In the shoot-out, Uli Stielike missed for the Germans, Didier Six and Maxim Bossis for France.

Brazil 3 Argentina 1

Brazil destroyed the World Cup holders with a performance of skill and power. Zico, Serginho and Junior scored as Argentina looked utterly bewildered by Brazil’s fluid passing. Few had any doubts where the World Cup was heading after this game, although it proved the last hurrah for this Brazil team. With five minutes left, a reckless challenge by then 21-year-old Diego Maradona on Joao Batista meant the Argentine ended his first World Cup with a red card. Ramon Diaz’s 89th-minute strike for Argentina was no consolation.

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Published: May 28, 2014 04:00 AM