This Day in History: 2023-01-11

Nr. 380


«At Vina del Mar we lost to one man,» remembered England midfielder Bobby Charlton. That man was Garrincha, whom England were powerless to stop as he led Brazil to a 3-1 victory in the quarter-final of the 1962 World Cup. He only stood five feet and seven inches, but Garrincha leapt high to give Brazil the lead with a powerful header in the first half. After Gerry Hitchens equalized for England Garrincha stepped forward and took control. First he fired in a rasping free-kick that Ron Springett could only parry into the path of Vava and then, saving his best for last, curled a stunning shot into the tap corner.
England’s left back Ray Wilson had a torrid time trying to keep Garrincha under control.