First XI

Brawl games

September 27, 2012
By Robin Hackett
After a referee had to abandon a Christian football match due to a mass brawl, we pick out a selection of pitched battles from the history books.

Argentina 2-0 Brazil (1946 South American Championship)

In the final game of the 1946 South American Championship, Brazil were trailing by a single point as they headed to Buenos Aires in search of victory. What resulted was one of the most extraordinary shows of violence ever witnessed in an international football game.

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