World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Pelé’s magical miss

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s notice: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a unique reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Pelé’s almost-goal towards Uruguay.

Ask your self: The place would this one rank had Pelé really scored?

In Brazil’s semifinal assembly with Uruguay on the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, the Black Pearl was streaking up the suitable aspect. Tostão performed a go into house for Pelé to run onto, however La Celeste keeper Ladislao Mazurkiewicz noticed the hazard and raced off his line to intercept the ball.

Slightly than attempt to spherical Mazurkiewicz with the ball, Pelé faked a contact and as a substitute let it run previous each males. He then darted across the shocked goalie and picked up possession on the opposite aspect, solely to fireplace his tight-angle shot inches vast of the far publish.

Pelé’s Runaround

Pelé's Runaround

Pelé’s narrowly misses an opportunity towards Uruguay on the 1970 World Cup.

Brazil nonetheless scored 3 times to get rid of Uruguay, then topped Italy within the finale — with Pelé scoring the opener. 

Nonetheless, his fairly play within the semi stays unforgettable. Contemplating that we’re nonetheless discussing it greater than a half-century later, it is most likely protected to name it essentially the most skillful miss in World Cup historical past.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has coated United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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