Five classic Brazil-Uruguay clashes

With the Selecao set to face their old foes in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, CBGT recalls some historic duels between the two South American giants
On Thursday, two great footballing nations collide as Brazil return to World Cup qualifying by heading to Montevideo to face Uruguay. 101 years after their first meeting in 1916, Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour looks back at five classic matches between these two great South American rivals.


It’s the game that will never be forgotten. Over half a century later, the great Maracanazzo is still the biggest blot on Brazil’s great footballing copy book. Needing just a draw to be crowned world champions for the first time in their history, everybody expected the hosts to see off their northen neighbours and claim the Jules Rimet trophy. But after taking the lead, the unthinkable: Uruguay scored twice in the second half to shock the world.


20 years later, the scars of 1950 were still heavily felt in Brazil. Mexico provided the venue for the Selecao’s shot at redemption. The great nightmare threatened to repeat itself when Luis Cubilla gave Uruguay a 19th-minute lead. But Clodoaldo brought Brazil level right on half-time, before second-half strikes from Jairzinho and Rivellino earned revenge, leaving Pele to lead his side to the their third world title.


Back at the Maracana for a title decider, at the same stage, same date: July 16. It was impossible not to remember Maracanazzo once more, but Brazil belied their fears as Romario grabbed the only goal of the game to earn a 1-0 victory to earn their fourth South American crown.


In 1993 Brazil and Uruguay faced off at the Maracana once again. This time Brazil needed a win to ensure their passage to World Cup 1994 in the USA as off-field problems threatened to produce the first World Cup in history not to feature Brazil. Star striker Romario found himself ostracised from the group for much of the qualifying campaign after publically criticising coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. But with the unthinkable on the cards, Parreira was desperate and recalled ‘shorty’. Romario scored both goals in a 2-0 win. The following year he would lead the Selecao to their fourth world title. 


Led by Ronaldo and Rivaldo, Brazil claimed the Copa America crown in 1999 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Uruguay. Two goals in seven first-half minutes from Rivaldo gave the Selecao a commanding lead at the break, before Ronaldo rounded off the win one minute into the second period in Paraguay.