AP WAS THERE: Brazil wins third World Cup in 1970

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: On June 21, 1970, Brazil won the World Cup in Mexico in thrilling fashion. After defeating Italy 4-1 in the final, Brazil was given the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently in recognition of its third victory. On the anniversary of that triumph, The AP is making its match report and the reaction piece from Sao Paulo available to subscribers.

In the first paragraph of the Mexico City story, Pele is referred to as the "Black Pearl," a common nickname for him at the time. He was often just referred to as "The King." And in the 8th paragraph, there is a reference to Jair, who is usually referenced as Jairzinho.

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Pele, the Black Pearl of Latin American soccer, scored one and set up two others Sunday in leading Brazil to a 4-1 victory over Italy for the World Cup soccer championship.

The game, played before a sellout throng of 112,000 in Azteca Stadium, ended in an uproar as fans stormed onto the pitch and into the middle of the action.

Brazilian rooters tore the shirt and shoes off Tostao, one of Brazil's forwards, and made an unsuccessful attempt to rip off his shorts.

Three second-half goals gave Brazil permanent possession of the Jules Rimet Trophy, which under World Cup rules, is retained by any three-time winner. Brazil had won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962. Italy had won in 1934 and 1938.

Pele, who was carried around the field on the shoulders of his ecstatic admirers, opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he took a pass from Rivelino and fired in a header from six yards out.

But Italy came back to tie before the half when there was a mix-up in the Brazilian defense and Boninsegna raced through alone to kick the ball into an empty net from 18 yards out in the 37th minute. Brazilian goalie Felix had been drawn from the goal.

Brazil took the lead in the 66th minute when Gerson got the ball on the edge of the penalty area, sidestepped an Italian player and booted the ball past goalie Albertosi from 20 yards away.

Brazil clinched the title just four minutes later on a disputed goal by Jair. He took a pass from Pele inside the left position and walked the ball into the net for his seventh goal of the tournament. Italian players claimed Pele was offside, but the referee waved them away.