Mexico 1970 World Cup Finals

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Mexico - Hosted the ninth World Cup, in 1970.

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Mexico 1970.

Mexico - Hosted the ninth World Cup, in 1970.

In the ninth World Cup, Italy qualified from the first-round group stage with only one goal scored, against Sweden, and two (0:0) draws.

They stepped up a gear in the quarter finals, to beat the hosts (4:1), and went on to win a classic semi-final against West Germany (4:3); scoring three of the five extra time goals.

World Cup History - Mexico 1970

The quarter-final match between the 1966 finalists was another classic. West Germany were trailing the World Cup holders, England, by two goals to nil with 20 minutes to go. The Germans leveled the scores to take the game into extra-time and finally earn their sweet revenge, with a (3:2) victory.

But 1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup; for keeps.

If Italy were saving their energy in the first-round group stage, they were sapped after their semi-final marathon with West Germany and fell apart as the Brazilian samba drummed in four goals to the Azzura's one; Jairzinho scoring in every match for Brazil.

16 Countries Competed at Mexico 1970

Belgium Belgium
Group 1 (3:0) (1:4) (0:1).

Travel to Brazil Brazil
Group 3 (4:1) (1:0) (3:2); Quarter-finals (4:2); Semi-finals (3:1); Winner (4:1).

Bulgaria Bulgaria
Group 4 (2:3) (2:5) (1:1).

Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Group 3 (1:4) (1:2) (0:1).

El Salvador El Salvador
Group 1 (0:3) (0:4) (0:2).

England England
Group 3 (1:0) (0:1) (1:0); Quarter-finals (2:3 aet).

Israel Israel
Group 2 (0:2) (1:1) (0:0).

Italy Italy
Group 2 (1:0) (0:0) (0:0); Quarter-finals (4:1); Semi-finals (4:3 aet); Finalist (1:4).

Mexico Mexico
Group 1 (0:0) (4:0) (1:0); Quarter-finals (1:4).

Morocco Morocco
Group 4 (1:2) (0:3) (1:1).

Peru Peru
Group 4 (3:2) (3:0) (1:3); Quarter-finals (2:4).

Romania Romania
Group 3 (0:1) (2:1) (2:3).

Sweden Sweden
Group 2 (0:1) (1:1) (1:0).

Uruguay Uruguay
Group 2 (2:0) (0:0) (0:1); Quarter-finals (1:0 aet); Semi-finals (1:3); Third place (0:1).

Russia USSR
Group 1 (0:0) (4:1) (2:0); Quarter-finals (0:1 aet).

Germany West Germany
Group 4 (2:1) (5:2) (3:1); Quarter-finals (3:2 aet); Semi-finals (3:4 aet); Third place (1:0).

First Round - Group Stage

Group 1

Played in Mexico City.

31st May
Mexico vs USSR (0:0)

3rd June
Belgium vs El Salvador (3:0)

6th June
USSR vs Belgium (4:1)

7th June
Mexico vs El Salvador (4:0)

10th June
USSR vs El Salvador (2:0)

11th June
Mexico vs Belgium (1:0)

USSR and Mexico qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 2

Played in Puebla and Toluca.

2nd June
Uruguay vs Israel (2:0)

3rd June
Italy vs Sweden (1:0)

6th June
Uruguay vsItaly (0:0)

7th June
Sweden vs Israel (1:1)

10th June
Sweden vs Uruguay (1:0)

11th June
Italy vs Israel (0:0)

Italy and Uruguay qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 3

Played in Guadalajara.

2nd June
England vs Romania (1:0)

3rd June
Brazil vs Czechoslovakia (4:1)

6th June
Romania vs Czechoslovakia (2:1)

7th June
Brazil vs England (1:0)

10th June
Brazil vs Romania (3:2)

11th June
England vs Czechoslovakia (1:0)

Brazil and England qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 4

Played in Leon.

2nd June
Peru vs Bulgaria (3:2)

3rd June
West Germany vs Morocco (2:1)

6th June
Peru vs Morocco (3:0)

7th June
West Germany vs Bulgaria (5:2)

10th June
West Germany vs Peru (3:1)

11th June
Bulgaria vs Morocco (1:1)

West Germany and Peru qualify for the quarter-finals.

Quarter-Finals - 14th June, 1970

Guadalajara: Brazil vs Peru (4:2)

Leon: West Germany vs England (3:2 aet)

Mexico City: Uruguay vs USSR (1:0 aet)

Toluca: Italy vs Mexico (4:1)

Semi-Finals - 17th June, 1970

Guadalajara: Brazil vs Uruguay (3:1)

Mexico City: Italy vs West Germany (4:3 aet)
With the game (1:1) at the end of 90 minutes, 5 goals were scored in extra-time.

Third Place - 20th June, 1970

Mexico City: West Germany vs Uruguay (1:0)

1970 World Cup Final
21st June:
Brazil vs Italy (4:1)
Aztec Stadium, Mexico City.

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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