The injuries to Giancarlo Bercellino and Gianni Rivera let in Aristide Guarneri, which did nothing to weaken the defence - but also Giovanni Lodetti, who was Rivera´s lieutenant with Milan. Italy struggled as a result, Lodetti and Antonio Juliano being whistled by the crowd for holding on to the ball. At the other end, the mobility of Vahidin Musemic and his two wingers caused Italy no end of problems.
Ivica Osim´s damaged ankle meant a first cap for the 19-year-old Jovan Acimovic, who was just as skilful. Yugoslavia, very composed for such a young team, might have had a penalty when Giorgio Ferrini pushed Miroslav Pavlovic - and Dragan Dzajic was again the star, pushing Dobrivoje Trivic´s pass across Ernesto Castano and Dino Zoff for the opening goal and nearly scoring twice more in the second half. Just to show that their approach against England had not been out of character, the visitors defended their lead with tackling that incurred four bookings.
Like Acimovic, Pietro Anastasi was winning his first cap. Immediately after the tournament, he became the most expensive player in the world - but not for this performance. Piero Prati did well enough, but things were looking increasingly desperate until Angelo Domenghini was at last rewarded for all his efforts. After hitting a post in the semi-final, he did the same with a free-kick here - then got it right with another, crashing the ball to Ilija Pantelic´s left in the Yugoslavian goal after Blagoje Paunovic had fouled Lodetti. Cue explosion of relief on the terraces.
When the violence continued in extra time, the referee belatedly called the two captains together. Otherwise the additional half-hour produced nothing but tiredness, which worked to Italy´s advantage two days later.
Zoff, Burgnich, Facchetti (c), Ferrini, Aristide Guarneri, Castano, Domenghini, Juliano, Pietro Anastasi, Giovanni Lodetti, Prati.
Coach: Ferruccio Valcareggi
Pantelic, Fazlagic (c), Damjanovic, Pavlovic, Paunovic, Holcer, Petkovic, Trivic, Musemic, Jovan Acimovic, Dzajic.
Coach: Rajko Mitic