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33rd minute, Zico, Brazil v Scotland, 1982 World Cup First Round


The 1982 World Cup in Spain was eventually won by Italy but it was Brazil who captured the hearts of football supporters with a series of stunning performances and array of great goals. Their superstar Zico helped Brazil to overcome the Soviet Union in their opening game after they had fell behind. They fell behind again in their next game against Scotland too but it didn’t take long until they found a way past the Scottish defence.

The Goal

On the third 33rd minute the Brazilians win a free kick about twenty-five yards out and Zico stepped up to take…

What Happened Next?

Brazil went onto to win 4-1 and they followed this up with another four goal victory over New Zealand. In the next round they took Argentina apart in an impressive 3-1 win where they also made sure Maradona didn’t get into the game with some rougher tactics. Here you can discover how Brazil’s run came to a sudden and shock end… Zico’s long career with Flamengo was interrupted with a two year spell in Italy. He surprised many by signing for unfashionable Udinese and although he didn’t quite have the same inspirational uplifting impact as Maradona did at Napoli, he scored plenty of goals. After another spell with the love of his life Flamengo he ended up going to Japan to help revitalise the game in the Asian country.


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