The 1954 FIFA World Cup™ featured the infamous "Battle of Berne" between Brazil and Hungary. The match had been eagerly anticipated as a showpiece occasion between the world's two best footballing teams, but soon descended into violence.

Hungary took a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes through Nandor Hidegkuti's drive and Sandor Kocsis' header but when Brazil's Indio was brought down in the box, Djalma Santos scored the penalty.

A first-half flare-up saw Jozsef Toth go off injured, leaving the Magyars down to 10 men in the days before substitutes, but Mihaly Lantos restored their two-goal lead from the spot after Brandaozinho handled. Julinho crashed in a superb goal to make it 3-2 but Nilton Santos and Jozsef Boszik were sent off after coming to blows and Brazil'sHumberto Tozzi followed after kicking Gyula Lorent, leaving the game nine-a-side by the time Kocsis completed the scoring.

The violence did not end there, however, with Brazil ambushing their opponents in a darkened dressing room and a 10-minute fracas leaving at least one player unconscious and Hungary manager Gusztav Sebes needing four stitches, while unconfirmed reports suggested Ferenc Puskas struck Pinheiro with a broken bottle.