MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia, the Uruguayan soccer great who scored the late winning goal in a stunning 2-1 victory over Brazil in the 1950 World Cup final, has died. He was 88.
The secretary general of the Uruguayan Football Association, Alejandro Balbi, announced that Ghiggia died Thursday. He did not give a cause of death.
Ghiggia’s goal broke a tie 10 minutes from time. It gave Uruguay its second World Cup title in a match Brazilians fully expected to win before about 200,000 fans at Rio’s Maracana stadium. Even a draw would have given Brazil the title. The loss is still known in Brazil at the ”Maracanazo.”