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Sweden 1958

Winners Brazil 5-2 against Sweden

Brazil became the first team to win outside their continent helped by the trio of youngsters Garrincha, Didi and one 17-year-old Pele and by perfecting a 4-2-4 system which was to be copied all over the world afterwards.

The group games were no problem for the South American artists, but Wales proved a formidable obstacle in the quarters where a sole goal from Pele saw Brazil through.

Pele then added a hattrick in the semis for a 5-2 rout over France who boasted top-scorer Just Fontaine.

Elsewhere, holders West Germany got a second straight quarterfinal win against Yugoslavia, but ran out of luck in a rustic semifinal with Sweden, who broke a 1-1 deadlock once Erich Juskowiak was sent off for retaliation.

Rain on the day of the final seemed to favor the Swedes and they also took an early lead through Nils Liedholm.

But two strikes from Pele and Garrincha each plus one from their current coach Mario Zagalo - opposed by a temporary 4-2 from Agne Simonssen -gave Brazil a deserved first title with a 5-2 scoreline which still is biggest winning margin in a final.

- World Cup 1958 - results -

GROUP A GROUP B
W. Germany - Argentina 3:1 (2:1) Yugoslavia - Scotland 1:1 (0:0)
N. Ireland - Czechoslovakia 1:0 (1:0) France - Paraguay 7:3 (2:2)
W. Germany - Czechoslovakia 2:2 (0:2) Paraguay - Scotland 3:2 (2:1)
Argentina - N. Ireland 3:1 (1:1) Yugoslavia - France 3:2 (1:1)
W. Germany - N. Ireland 2:2 (1:1) France - Scotland 2:1 (2:0)
Czechoslovakia - Argentina 6:1 (3:1) Paraguay - Yugoslavia 3:3 (1:2)
GROUP C GROUP D
Sweden - Mexico 3:0 (1:0) Brasil - Austria 3:0 (1:0)
Hungary - Wales 1:1 (1:1) USSR - England 2:2 (1:0)
Mexico - Wales 1:1 (0:1) Brasil - England 0:0
Sweden - Hungary 2:1 (2:0) USSR - Austria 2:0 (1:0)
Sweden - Wales 0:0 Brasil - USSR 2:0 (1:0)
Hungary - Mexico 4:0 (1:0) England - Austria 2:2 (0:1)
ADDITIONAL GAMES
N. Ireland - Czechoslovakia 2:1 (2:1, 1:1)
Wales - Hungary 2:1 (0:1)
USSR - England 1:0 (0:0)
QUARTERFINALS
Sweden - USSR 2:0 (0:0)
W. Germany - Yugoslavia 1:0 (0:0)
France - N. Ireland 4:0 (1:0)
Brasil - Wales 1:0 (0:0)
SEMIFINALS
Brasil - France 5:2 (2:1)
Sweden - W. Germany 3:1 (1:1)
3. PLACE GAME
France - W. Germany 6:3 (3:1)
FINAL
Brasil - Sweden 5:2 (2:1)


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