The sound of silence – Alcides Ghiggia and the Maracanazo

“‘There was complete silence,’ said Alcides Ghiggia of the moment he caused nearly 200,000 spectators at Rio’s Maracana to fall into a deathly hush. ‘The crowd was frozen still. It was like they weren’t even breathing.’ Ghiggia, who died recently at the age of 88, had just scored for Uruguay in the final match of the 1950 World Cup. The expectant, and previously celebratory, crowd had just witnessed their worst nightmare come true.” backpagefootball


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