World Cup 1954: Battle of Berne

The Battle of Berne is the informal name given to the match between Brazil and Hungary June 27, 1954 in Berne.

The Battle of Berne is the informal name given to the match between Brazil and Hungary June 27, 1954 in Berne.
Without their talisman Ferenc Puskás, out injured, Hungary was leading Brazil 2-0 when Brazil finally scored their first with a penalty. From then on the match grew progressively violent.

Brazil's Nilton Santos and Hungary captain József Bozsik were sent off in the 73rd minute during a bad-tempered and physical second-half which also saw Brazil's Humberto (football) sent off in the 79th minute.Hungary won the match 4-2.

Post-match brawls continued when Puskás allegedly attacked a Brazilian player with a bottle (other reports blame a spectator) and the Brazilian squad retaliated by fighting with the Hungarians in the opposition's dressing room. Hungary's coach Gustav Sebes ended up with four stitches after being struck by a broken bottle.

The English referee Arthur Ellis was dismayed at FIFA's decision not to discipline players sent off during the match.

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