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Published on Jun 14, 2011
The refree cancel the goal scored by Zico in the last moment of the game against Sweden.
The draw with Sweden was especially controversial, due to Welsh referee Clive Thomas blowing the final whistle just as Zico headed the ball into the net. At the final minutes of the Brazil vs Sweden match, the Brazilians were awarded a corner kick that resulted in a goal (which would have given Brazil a 2--1 victory). However, the goal was not awarded, because the referee Clive Thomas had whistled the end of the game as the ball was being kicked into the area. The Brazilian players were not happy with the decision, but the final result remained a 1--1 draw.
Brazil needed to beat Austria in their final group game to be sure of progressing to the second round, and managed a 1--0 win thanks to a goal from Roberto Dinamite.
Brazil and Austria thus finished with the same number of points and the same goal difference, but Austria won the group by virtue of having scored more goals.
World Cup finals, Argentina, 1978, Group 3 (Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Austeria).