Gusztav Sebes' Magical Magyars seemed unbeatable as they travelled to Berne to play West Germany in the 1954 final on the back of an incredible 31-match unbeaten run, which included a 6-3 win over England at Wembley. Hungary had revolutionised football tactically with an attacking system based around a brilliant quartet of forwards - Sandor Kocsis, Jozsef Bozsik, Nandor Hidegkuti, and of course the one and only Ferenc Puskas.
Hungary scored 17 goals in two games in their group, including an 8-3 thrashing of the Germans, before 4-2 knockout wins over 1950 finalists Brazil and Uruguay. Leading 2-0 in the final within eight minutes, it seemed as if Hungary would romp to victory but in the pouring rain they would be on the receiving end of a famous Fritz Walter-led German recovery. An 84th minute Uwe Rahn goal clinched a 3-2 triumph for Sepp Herberger's men. The match is known as 'The Miracle of Bern' in Germany, so unlikely was the triumph.
In Image: Dutch midfielder Johan Neeskens scores the opening goal on a penalty kick as he beats West German goalkeeper Sepp Maier, 07 July 1974 in Munich, during the World Cup soccer final. Host West Germany beat The Netherlands 2-1 to earn its second World Cup title, twenty years after its first win over Hungary (3-2), 04 July 1954 in Bern. (Watching the penalty are Dutch forward Johan Cruyff and West German defender Berti Vogts)
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