It was the final match of the 1950 World Cup. Brazil, who held a lead in the final table, just needed to draw with Uruguay to ensure that they would win their first World Cup.
Brazil had completely dominated the tournament up to this time, to the thrill of their fans. This was the first World Cup to take place in 12 years and Brazil were far and away the best side in the tournament.
The media and many of the people in Brazil had already anticipated a Brazilian victory to win this game.
Then-FIFA President Jules Rimet had already prepared a speech in Portuguese to congratulate the winner. The Brazilian Football Confederation had made 22 gold medals with the names of the players imprinted on them. In fact, a Brazilian victory song entitled "Brasil os vencedores" ("Brazil The Victors"), was composed several days prior to the final and was to be played in anticipation of a Brazilian win.
Uruguay was their opponent in this match. They knew the implications and saw that Brazil presumed that they would win. Adopting an attacking strategy that was different from the ones that Sweden and Spain exhibited, Uruguay were able to slow down the Brazilians.
Friaça was able to score the first goal of the match for Brazil, but Uruguay remained resilient. Juan Alberto Schiaffino scored the equalizer in the 66th minute and Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia scored the winner with only 11 minutes remaining.
Uruguay's 2-1 win was their second World Cup title, stunning the nearly 200,000 people inside of the Maracana into silence. This match has become known as the Maracanazo.
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