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Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK

Mexico 1970

Brazil took the Jules Rimet trophy home for good after beating Italy in the final of the ninth World Cup with a wonderful display of attacking football.

Once again the majestical Pele played a major part as Brazil dealt comfortably with the heat and altitude to lift the trophy for a third time.

Holders England had a difficult build up to the tournament.

They were labelled "thieves and drunks" by the Mexican press and defensive lynchpin Bobby Morre was arrested on trumped-up shoplifting charges in Colombia.

He was bailed to play in the tournament and turned in his usual cool displays, but England's challenge ground to a halt in the quarter-finals against West Germany.

Portugal, Hungary, France, Spain and Argentina all failed to qualify, but Morocco became the first African nation in a post-war finals with Israel also making their debut.

In the group stages England lost 1-0 to Brazil in a match which saw Gordon Banks pull off a save from Pele that is rated as possibly the best ever seen in the World Cup.

Despite the defeat they qualified for the quarter-finals, where they faced a rematch against West Germany.

England had beaten the West Germans in the final four years earlier, but the tables were turned after manager Alf Ramsey made a tactical blunder.

At one point England led 2-0 but Ramsey took off Bobby Charlton and the Germans secured an extra-time winner.

West Germany came up against Italy in the last four, with Franz Beckenbauer forced to play with his arm in a sling.

His courage went unrewarded and the Italians ran out 3-2 winners in extra-time to earn their first final appearance for 32 years.

Both the Italians and Brazil, who had knocked out Peru in the quarter-finals and Uruguay in the semis, were chasing their third World Cup victory.

But, when it came to the match, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Brazil were unstoppable and stormed to a 4-1 win with goals from Pele - in his third and final World Cup appearance - Gerson, Jairzinho and skipper Carlos Alberto.


Group 1 results:
Mexico 0-0 USSR
Belgium 3-0 El Salvador
USSR 4-1 Belgium
Mexico 4-0 El Salvador
USSR 2-0 El Salvador
Mexico 1-0 Belgium

Group 2 results:
Uruguay 2-0 Israel
Italy 1-0 Sweden
Uruguay 0-0 Italy
Sweden 1-1 Israel
Sweden 1-0 Uruguay
Italy 0-0 Israel

Group 3 results:
England 1-0 Romania
Brazil 4-1 Czechoslovakia
Romania 2-1 Czechoslovakia
Brazil 1-0 England
Brazil 3-2 Romania
England 1-0 Czechoslovakia

Group 4 results:
Peru 3-2 Bulgaria
West Germany 2-1 Morocco
Peru 3-0 Morocco
West Germany 5-2 Bulgaria
West Germany 3-1 Peru
Bulgaria 1-1 Morocco

Quarter-finals results:
Brazil 4-2 Peru
West Germany 3-2 England (aet)
Uruguay 1-0 USSR (aet)
Italy 4-1 Mexico

Semi-finals results:
Brazil 3-1 Uruguay
Italy 4-3 West Germany (aet)

3rd/4th place play-off:
West Germany 1-0 Uruguay

World Cup Final:
Brazil 4-1 Italy


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