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Italy v Brazil (1982 FIFA World Cup)

1982 FIFA World Cup
Group C
The Estadi de Sarrià held the match
Event1982 FIFA World Cup
Date5 July 1982
VenueEstadio Sarriá, Barcelona
RefereeAbraham Klein (Israel)

Italy v Brazil was a football match that took place between Brazil and Italy at Estadio Sarriá, Barcelona on 5 July 1982. It was the final second round group stage match for Group C in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The match was won by Italy 3–2, with Italian striker Paolo Rossi scoring a hat-trick. The result eliminated Brazil from the tournament while Italy would go on to win it. The match has been described as one of the greatest football matches of all time.[1][2][3]


Brazil had won all four of their matches prior, including comprehensive wins over Scotland (4–1) and New Zealand (4–0), and were the pre-tournament favourites.[4][5] They were praised for their attacking style. Italy had come off an impressive 2–1 victory over Diego Maradona's Argentina. In the first round, however, Italy drew all three matches and qualified for the second round over Cameroon on goals scored. Italy's striker Rossi had failed to score up to that point and there was considerable debate about whether he should be on the team, compounded with the fact that he had returned from a two-year ban following his involvement in the Totonero 1980 match-fixing scandal. Italy was forced to play for a win to reach the semi-final, due to a worse goal difference, as Brazil had defeated Argentina 3–1 before the decisive match against Italy.



The match put Brazil's attack against Italy's defense, with the majority of the game played around the Italian area, with the Italian midfielders and defenders returning the repeated set volleys of Brazilian shooters such as Zico, Sócrates and Falcão. Italian centre back Claudio Gentile was assigned to mark Brazilian striker Zico, earning a yellow card and a suspension for the semi-final. Paolo Rossi opened the scoring when he headed in Antonio Cabrini's cross with just five minutes played. Sócrates equalised for Brazil seven minutes later. In the twenty-fifth minute Rossi stepped past Júnior, intercepted a pass from Cerezo across the Brazilians' goal, and drilled the shot home. The Brazilians threw everything in search of another equalizer, while Italy defended bravely. On 68 minutes, Falcão collected a pass from Júnior and as Cerezo's dummy run distracted three defenders, fired home from 20 yards out. Now Italy had gained the lead twice thanks to Rossi's goals, and Brazil had come back twice. At 2–2, Brazil would have been through on goal difference, but in the 74th minute, a poor clearance from an Italian corner kick went back to the Brazilian six-yard line where Rossi and Francesco Graziani were waiting. Both aimed at the same shot, Rossi connecting to get a hat trick and sending Italy into the lead for good. In the 86th minute Giancarlo Antognoni scored a fourth goal for Italy, but it was wrongly disallowed for offside. In the dying moments Dino Zoff made a miraculous save to deny Oscar a goal, ensuring that Italy advanced to the semi-final where they would meet Poland.[6][7]


Italy 3–2 Brazil
Rossi Goal 5'25'74' Report Sócrates Goal 12'
Falcão Goal 68'
Attendance: 44,000
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 4 Antonio Cabrini
DF 5 Fulvio Collovati Substituted off 34'
DF 6 Claudio Gentile Yellow card 13'
DF 7 Gaetano Scirea
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni
MF 13 Gabriele Oriali Yellow card 78'
MF 14 Marco Tardelli Substituted off 75'
MF 16 Bruno Conti
CF 19 Francesco Graziani
CF 20 Paolo Rossi
GK 12 Ivano Bordon
DF 3 Giuseppe Bergomi Substituted in 34'
MF 11 Giampiero Marini Substituted in 75'
MF 15 Franco Causio
FW 18 Alessandro Altobelli
Italy Enzo Bearzot
GK 1 Waldir Peres
RB 2 Leandro
CH 3 Oscar
CH 4 Luizinho
CM 5 Toninho Cerezo
LB 6 Júnior
CM 8 Sócrates (c)
SS 10 Zico
LM 11 Éder
RM 15 Falcão
CF 9 Serginho Substituted off 69'
GK 12 Paulo Sérgio
DF 13 Edevaldo
DF 14 Juninho
MF 7 Paulo Isidoro Substituted in 69'
FW 19 Renato
Brazil Telê Santana

Assistant referees:
Chan Tam Sun (Hong Kong)
Bogdan Dotchev (Bulgaria)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


The result was seen by many as not only a defeat for Brazil, but a defeat of their attacking philosophy by the less talented but more organized Italians.[8] This match has since then been labelled by Brazilian press as the 'Sarrià Stadium Tragedy' (Portuguese: A tragédia do Sarrià).[9]

See also


  1. ^ Duarte, Fernando (30 May 2014). "Brazil lost that Italy game in 1982 but won a place in history – Falcão". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (25 July 2012). "Italy 3-2 Brazil, 1982: the day naivety, not football itself, died". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ Lewis, Tim (11 July 2014). "1982: Why Brazil V Italy Was One Of Football's Greatest Ever Matches". Esquire. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  4. ^ "1982 Spain". CBC News. CBC. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Rossi wakes to flatten favourites". FIFA. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  6. ^ "1982: Why Brazil V Italy Was One Of Football's Greatest Ever Matches". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  7. ^ Foot, John. Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer. p. 470. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Rewind to 1982: Brilliant Brazil's brush with greatness – ESPN Soccernet". 24 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  9. ^ "The great debate (cont'd)". 24 July 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2012.