Brazilians again and the tragedy of Baggio
On this occasion, the World Cup is held for the first time in the United States. The fears of the organizers dissipated very quickly. Although for the first time the Cup took place in a country, where at that time there was not even a professional league, all parties had a full. Total attendance at the tournament matches reached almost 3.6 million spectators and remains a point of reference for football officials and organizers.
Nine cities across the country received the World Cup matches. Most of the meetings were held in a hot climate and high humidity between June 17 and July 17, 1994.
On the sporting plane, the tournament was distinguished by several spectacular achievements. Oleg Salenko, forward of the Russian team, had an outstanding result by scoring 5 goals in a match. However, his record did not help the Russian team leave the group led by Brazil and Sweden. Curiously, these two teams would then meet in the semi-final where Brazil would win 1-0. In the other semifinal Italy beat Bulgaria, represented by the brilliant generation of Stoichkov, by 2 to 1. The goals of Italy were scored by Roberto Baggio, the star of the Italians.
The teams from Italy and Brazil met in the final and, for the first time in history, the regulation time and the extension ended with a 0-0 draw. In the series of penalties, Baggio failed and the Brazilians went to celebrate their fourth title of world champions. Brazil dedicated the victory to Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian legend of Formula 1 who had died that same year.
World Cup 1994. Final
Brazil – Italy
Brazil: Cláudio Taffarel, Jorginho, Aldair, Marcio Santos, Branco, Mauro Silva, Dunga (C), Mazinho, Zinho, Romario, Bebeto (Substitutions: Cafu, Viola). Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira
Italy: Gianluca Pagliuca, Roberto Mussi, Franco Baresi (C), Paolo Maldini, Antonio Benarrivo, Nicola Berti, Dino Baggio, Demetrio Albertini, Roberto Donadoni, Roberto Baggio, Daniele Massaro (Substitutions: Luigi Apolloni, Albergo Evani). Coach: Arrigo Sacchi
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)
Result: 0: 0 (3: 2 after the penalty shoot-out)
July 17, 1994
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA UU
Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) 6
Oleg Salenko (Russia) 6
Romario (Brazil) 5
Roberto Baggio (Italy) 5
Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany) 5
Kennet Andersson (Sweden) 5