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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK

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Chile 1962

Football had developed into a tougher and more physical game by the time Chile hosted the seventh World Cup. But Brazil battled through to become only the third team to claim two consecutive titles.

Who played?

The number of teams in the qualifying rounds was increasing for each tournament - 56 tried their luck this time.

France and Sweden, who had impressed in 1958, failed to qualify while England were the only Home Nations side to make Chile.

What happened?


[ image: Chile v Italy: Sanchez is knocked out cold by a tackle]
Chile v Italy: Sanchez is knocked out cold by a tackle
The tournament exploded into violence in the first round.

The worst game was between Italy and hosts Chile, a clash dubbed the 'Battle of Santiago'. Italy's Ferrini was sent off and had to be dragged from the pitch by police when he refused to walk.


Chile v Italy: "That was one of the neatest left hooks I've ever seen" [28'']
Team-mate Mario David was also ordered off when he retaliated to a punch in the face by kicking his opponent's neck. Chile won 2-0 and Italy failed to make the last eight.

Czechoslovakia were the surprise of the tournament. They managed a goalless draw against Brazil in the first round and qualified for the quarter-finals, where they knocked out Hungary.


[ image: When injured Pele was proving to be 'incomparible']
When injured Pele was proving to be 'incomparible'
They went on to beat Yugoslavia in the semis and set up a rematch against defending champions Brazil in the final.

Despite failing to produce the form which swept them to the title in 1958 and losing Pele to injury, Brazil managed to come from a goal down to win 3-1.

Any lasting memories?

A fan threw a bottle at Brazilian Garrincha, hitting him on the head after he was sent off during the semi-final against Chile. The following day he paraded the Chilean flag after Brazil won the final.





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