Brazil v Italy (1982 FIFA World Cup)

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1982 Brazil vs Italy second round
The Estadi de Sarrià held the match
Event 1982 FIFA World Cup
Date 5 July 1982
Venue Estadio Sarriá, Barcelona
Referee Abraham Klein (Israel)
Attendance 44,000

Brazil vs Italy (1982) 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.


Brazil had won all four of their matches prior and were the pre-tournament favourites.[1][2] 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 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. Defensive Italy was forced to play for a win, due to a worse goal difference.



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 Falcao. Italian centre back Claudio Gentile was assigned to mark Brazilian striker Zico, earning a yellow card and a suspension for the following game against Poland. Enzo Bearzot's striker, 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 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, Falcao collected a pass from Junior and fired home from 20 yards out to draw the match. 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 at 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. At the 86th minute Giancarlo Antognoni scored a fourth goal for Italy, but it was wrongly disallowed for offside.[3][4]


5 July 1982
17:15 CEST
Brazil  2–3  Italy
Sócrates Goal 12'
Falcão Goal 68'
Report Rossi Goal 5'25'74'
Estadio Sarriá, Barcelona
Attendance: 44,000
Referee: Abraham Klein (Israel)
GK 1 Waldir Peres (São Paulo)
DF 2 Leandro (Flamengo)
DF 3 Oscar (São Paulo)
DF 4 Luizinho (Atlético Mineiro)
DF 5 Toninho Cerezo (Atlético Mineiro)
DF 6 Júnior (Flamengo)
MF 8 Sócrates (c) (Corinthians)
MF 10 Zico (Flamengo)
MF 11 Éder (Atlético Mineiro)
MF 15 Falcão (Roma)
CF 9 Serginho (São Paulo) Substituted off 69'
GK 12 Paulo Sérgio (Botafogo)
DF 13 Edevaldo (Internacional)
DF 14 Juninho (Ponte Preta)
MF 7 Paulo Isidoro (Grêmio) Substituted in 69'
FW 19 Renato (São Paulo)
Telê Santana
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c) (Juventus)
DF 4 Antonio Cabrini (Juventus)
DF 5 Fulvio Collovati (Internazionale) Substituted off 34'
DF 6 Claudio Gentile (Juventus) Booked 13'
DF 7 Gaetano Scirea (Juventus)
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni (Fiorentina)
MF 13 Gabriele Oriali (Internazionale) Booked 78'
MF 14 Marco Tardelli (Juventus) Substituted off 75'
MF 16 Bruno Conti (Roma)
CF 19 Francesco Graziani (Fiorentina)
CF 20 Paolo Rossi (Juventus)
GK 12 Ivano Bordon (Internazionale)
DF 3 Giuseppe Bergomi (Internazionale) Substituted in 34'
MF 11 Giampiero Marini (Internazionale) Substituted in 75'
MF 15 Franco Causio (Udinese)
FW 18 Alessandro Altobelli (Internazionale)
Enzo Bearzot

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

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • 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.[5] This match has since then been labelled by Brazilian press as the 'Sarrià Stadium Tragedy' (Portuguese: A tragédia do Sarrià).[6]


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  2. ^ "Rossi wakes to flatten favourites". FIFA. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "1982: Why Brazil V Italy Was One Of Football's Greatest Ever Matches". 30 May 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Foot, John. Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer. p. 470. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rewind to 1982: Brilliant Brazil's brush with greatness – ESPN Soccernet". 24 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "The great debate (cont'd)". 24 July 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2012.