Format[ edit ] The format of the competition changed from : 16 teams still competed in four groups of four, but this time each team played each of the other teams in its group at least once, without extra time in the event of a draw. Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw.
If the first two teams finished on equal points then goal average would decide who was placed first and second.
As in , if the second and third placed teams finished on the same points, then there would be a play-off with the winner going through. If a play-off resulted in a draw, goal average from the group games would be used to determine who went through to the next round.
If the goal averages were equal then lots would have been drawn. These arrangements had not been finalised by the time the tournament started and were still being debated as it progressed. Some teams complained that a play-off match, meaning three games in five days, was too much, and before the second round of group matches FIFA informed the teams that goal average would be used before resorting to a play-off.
It was used to separate the teams finishing first and second in one of the groups. However, all three playoffs finished with decisive results and so it was not needed to separate the teams involved in a tied playoff.
Almost all the matches kicked off simultaneously in each of the three rounds of the group phase, as did the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
The exceptions were Sweden's three group matches, all of which were televised by Sveriges Radio ; these started at other times so Swedes could attend other matches without missing their own team's.
Many Swedes bought their first television for the World Cup. It was chosen from candidates in a blind test by four FIFA officials. He failed to score, but Brazil won the game 2—0 much thanks to an impressive exhibition of dribbling prowess by his partner Garrincha and the group by two points.
Previously, they had drawn 0—0 with England in what was the first ever goalless game in World Cup history.
Eventually, the Soviet Union and England went to a playoff game, in which Anatoli Ilyin scored in the 67th minute to knock England out, while Austria had already been eliminated. The English side had been weakened by the Munich air disaster earlier in the year, which killed three internationals on the books of Manchester United , including England's young star Duncan Edwards.
Playoffs were also needed in Group 1 Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia to join the defending champions West Germany in the quarter-finals and Group 3 Wales topped Hungary to advance with hosts Sweden.
Hungary had become a spent force after their appearance in the final of the previous tournament. They had lost their best players two years before, when they fled in the wake of the failed uprising against the communist regime.
France topped the group, with Just Fontaine netting six goals. Yugoslavia finished second, while Scotland came in last.
The quarter-finals saw France's Just Fontaine continue in similar form as in the group stage, managing another two goals as France triumphed over Northern Ireland.
In the semi-finals, Sweden continued their strong run as they defeated West Germany 3—1 in a vicious game that saw the German player Erich Juskowiak sent off the first ever German player to be sent off in an international game and German veteran forward Fritz Walter injured, which further weakened the German team substitutes were first allowed in the FIFA World Cup.
In the other semi-final, Brazil and France were tied for much of the first half. Fontaine of France added one goal to his impressive tally.
The third place match saw Fontaine score four more goals as France defeated West Germany 6—3. This brought his total to 13 goals in one competition, a record that still stands. Zagallo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal. The Final saw many records made in World Cup history that still stand as of [update].
This final had the highest number of goals scored by a winning team 5 , the highest number of total goals scored 7 , and together with the and finals shares the highest goal margin of difference 3 ; Brazil played in all those three finals. With the exception of the FIFA World Cup final group stage, this marked the first time that a World Cup host reached the final without winning it.
Additionally, the match marked the first time two nations from different continents Europe and South America met in a World Cup final. It also marks the first and only World Cup hosted in Europe not won by a European team; a feat mirrored in where a World Cup hosted in the Americas was not won by a team from the Americas for the first time, with Germany beating Argentina at the final.
Venues[ edit ] A total of twelve cities throughout the central and southern parts of Sweden hosted the tournament. FIFA regulations required at least six stadiums to have a capacity of at least 20, The crowd at Brazil v.
Austria was estimated at 21,, with more looking in from the adjoining hillside.