World Cup History - On this day: Zidane's head-butt

Fri, 09 Jul 09:08:00 2010

We continue our countdown of daily events in World Cup history with Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi doing battle in 2006.

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July 9

World Cup

1950 - The tournament in 1950 saw the winner of four groups progress to a final round-robin round. On July 9, hosts Brazil hammered Sweden 7-1 in front of a crowd of 138,000 in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium to get off to the perfect start. Ademir bagged four goals for Brazil, while Chico netted a double and Maneca also found the net, with Sune Andersson scoring for Sweden. Seven days later Brazil only needed to draw with Uruguay, playing in their first tournament since winning the inaugural event in 1930, to lift the trophy but fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to finish runners-up.

1994 - In possibly the game of the tournament, Brazil took a two goal lead courtesy of Romario and Bebeto before the Dennis Bergkamp and Aron Winter hit back for the Netherlands. But Brazil were not to be denied and Branco popped up nine minutes from time to fire the South Americans into the last four. Brazil went on to defeat Sweden 1-0 in the semi-finals and beat Italy on penalties after a 0-0 stalemate to win their fourth World Cup.

2006 - It took Italy another 12 years to win their fourth tournament, when Marcello Lippi guided the Azzurri to the final where they beat France on penalties after the match ended 1-1. Zidane's penalty put France ahead after just seven minutes but it took only another 12 minutes for Materazzi to equalise. The two later locked horns when Zidane, in his last match before retiring, head-butted Materazzi in extra-time and was sent off.

Also on this day

1850 - President Zachary Taylor died and Millard Fillmore became the 13th President of the United States.

1982 - Michael Fagan scaled the walls of Buckingham Palace and spent 10 minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom.

1991 - South Africa is readmitted into the Olympic movement after 30 years of exclusion.

1997 - Mike Tyson was banned from boxing and fined $3 million (£2m) for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight on June 28. However, on October 18 1998, Tyson's license was restored.


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