Football

The 1950 World Cup final

Brazil entered their first World Cup final on home soil at the Maracana in 1950 against Uruguay as heavy favourites.

It was the first time football's showpiece event was held in the nation synonymous with the sport, and by the time the final rolled around, the result seemed like a formality.

But then it all went awry.

In the 79th minute, with the score tied at 1-1, the unthinkable happened as Uruguay winger Alcides Ghiggia scored the winner.

He later said that that only three men had ever silenced the Maracana: Frank Sinatra, the Pope and himself.