June 18th, 1982

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Brazil were at their brilliant best against Scotland. It was a balmy night in Breogan as I recall, but hearts and minds were in Malaga. Dave Narey gave us a goal to rank alongside Archie Gemmill’s effort. It might have been a rush of blood to the head, but his raking missile sailed into the top corner of the Brazilian goal. Jimmy Hill described it as a “toe poke”. Scots didn’t worry about that at the time – once again we were in dreamland, albeit briefly. In the second half, Oscar headed Brazil in front before Eder and Falcao finished Scotland off with spectacular efforts. Zico had quenched Scottish fantasies and calmed any Brazilian nerves shortly after Narey’s opener. Rough was getting used to picking the ball out of the net when South Americans took free kicks. Zico stepped up to leave him rooted to the spot. Rough was criticised for not diving, but it would’ve been no more than a token gesture. The slow motion replay from behind the goal showed it went right into the top left-hand corner. Had there been stanchions, the ball would’ve had to be punched free like Trevor Brooking’s left foot screamer for England into the postage stamp against Hungary in the qualifiers. Signed, sealed and dispatched with aplomb.

Meanwhile, the revival of the Hungarian football empire lasted all of ninety minutes: Argentina regained some credibility after their defeat to Belgium with a 4-1 win. Maradona struck twice and Ardiles was also on the scoresheet as Argentina got back on track for the quarter finals.

Extract from Countries of the World ©2011 Steven Porter/Breogan Books


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