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Altobelli Seals it for Italy

Having making it out of the original "Group of Death" that included defending world champion Argentina, and South American favorite Brasil, Italy faced West Germany in the 1982 World Cup Final.

An evenly matched, scoreless first half Italy took a commanding lead over West Germany with two strong goals, and after a failed offensive push, Italy’s defense was able to secure possession. A streaking run down the right side of the field by Bruno Conti led to a wide open Alessandro Altobelli, who was brought on as a substitute earlier on in the match. From the top of the box, Altobelli received the pass, and when West Germany’s goal keeper came out to challenge him, Altobelli faked and dribbled from right to left. As the keeper fell to the ground, so did Altobelli-but the ball was already in the back left of the net! This sealed Italy’s 3rd World Cup Title, and Alessandro Altobelli became only the second substitute to score in World Cup history.

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