Uruguayan legend Alcides Ghiggia dies at 88

Friday July 17th, 2015

Legendary Uruguayan forward Alcides Ghiggia died on Thursday at the age of 88.

Ghiggia died on the 65th anniversary of his winning goal in the final game of the 1950 World Cup, giving Uruguay a remarkable 2–1 win over Brazil that has long been considered the biggest defeat in Brazilian soccer history.

His death was confirmed by Uruguayan Football Association secretary general Alejandro Balbi, who did not provide a cause of death. Ghiggia’s son, Arcado, said Ghiggia died of a heart attack.

Ghiggia’s deciding goal in the World Cup final on July 16, 1950, in the 79th minute broke a 1–1 title in a game Brazil was widely expected to win at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the result is still regarded as the “Maracanazo,” or “The Maracana Blow.”

Ghiggia, who also set up Juan Schiaffino’s equalizer in the 66th minute, was the last surviving participant in the game. All 12 of his appearances and four goals with Uruguay’s national team came in the 1950 World Cup.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Ghiggia also later played in Italy with AC Milan, Roma and the Italian national team considering his roots there.

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