This Day In Sports History (July 11th) — España ’82
It was on this day in 1982 that the World Cup of Soccer finals were played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Spain. Italy would go on to claim their third World Cup title with a 3-1 victory over West Germany.
Italy finished the round robin stage with three draws, tying them with Cameroon for second place in Group 1. However, with identical points and goal differential, the Italians were awarded a spot in the second round because of their greater number of goals scored. They would go on to win Group C in the second round after beating Argentina and Brazil, and they advanced to the finals via a 2-0 victory over Poland in Barcelona.
Italy appeared to have the fresher legs in the finals and after a scoreless first half, goals from Paolo Rossi, Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli put them up 3-0. West Germany would score a goal of their own in the 83rd minute, but that was all they could manage, as the Italians came away with the trophy.
Paolo Rossi would earn both the golden boot as the tournament’s leading scorer and the golden ball as the tournament MVP. Italy has since added one more World Cup championship to their trophy case, winning the tournament in 2006.
Here is a look at the highlights from the 1982 World Cup Finals between Italy and West Germany.
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