FIFA World Cup 1962 Group 2
Chile, despite being hosts, were not expected to qualify for the quarter-finals but victory over Italy in the infamous Battle of Santiago meant they finished in second place behind West Germany.
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Chile 3 Switzerland 1
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (65,000)
30 May 1962
An early goal by Wuthrich put a dent in the host's confidence put Lionel Sánchez put Chile back on level terms just before the break. In the second half Chile, roared on by a passionate crowd, scored twice in ten minutes and after that they never looked like losing control.
West Germany 0 Italy 0
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (65,440)
31 May 1962
The two former champions were probably satisfied with a draw in their opening match, confident that they would be able to pick up points in their remaining group games against weaker opponents.
Chile 2 Italy 0
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (66,057)
2 June 1962
After two Italian journalists wrote articles critical of the host country the atmosphere in the run up to the game was poisonous and in the ninth minute, the Italian defender Giorgio Ferrini was sent off for kicking an opponent. The match descended into outright violence and the referee, Ken Aston was unable to control the players as scuffles broke out and the players hacked and punched each other. At the start of the second half, another Italian, Mario Sanchez was sent off for kicking Leonel Sanchez in the neck as he lay prone. Chile won the match with two late goals and the Italian players had to be escorted off the pitch by police.
West Germany 2 Switzerland 1
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (64,922)
3 June 1962
Brulls put West Germany ahead moments before half-time and Uwe Seeler made it two with a diving header on the hour. Although Switzerland pulled one back 15 minutes later, the Germans remained comfortably in control for the rest of the game and joined Chile in the knock out stage.
West Germany 2 Chile 0
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (67,224)
6 June 1962
Although Chile started well, West germany's experience told and they scored once in each half to defeat the hosts. Chilean fans were not too disappointed since their team had already qualified for the next stage.
(Esteban Catalan, Andre Silva)
Italy 3 Switzerland 0
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (59,828)
7 June 1962
Italy finally found their form but it was too late and they joined the Swiss on the next flight back to Europe.