Finals 1974
England Football Online
Contact Us Page Last Updated 5 November 2013
Finals 1982
 

World Cup Index
Preliminary Competition
Final Tournament
Team Records
Squad Records

Argentina 19

78

 
Background

The 1978 World Cup Finals, the eleventh FIFA World Cup, were held in Argentina from 1 to 25 June.  Argentina were chosen as hosts at the 35th FIFA Congress in London on 6 July 1966 (along with those for the 1974 and 1982 Finals). Mexico, the only other other country to express interest, had won the 1970 hosting bid over Argentina just two years prior, had agreed to withdraw and let Argentina become the host unopposed.


The Draw

The sixteen participating teams were divided into four groups. All four teams will play each other once, at a draw conducted at Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires on 14 January 1978.
Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Argentina Italy Hungary Austria
West Germany Sweden Poland France
Netherlands Mexico Scotland Iran
Brazil Peru Spain Tunisia

The top two teams were then divided into two groups, in which all four teams will play each once. The winners would then play each other in the Final, and the runners-up in the third-place match. Penalty shoot-outs are also introduced for matches that end all-square after 120 minutes.

England Finland, Italy and Luxembourg were England's opponents in Group Two and it was always going to come down to a two-horse race between the former champions, England and Italy, neither of whom dropped a point against the other two nations. Italy drew first blood against England with a 2-0 win in Rome, leaving a better goal difference as England's only realistic hope to qualify, assuming that they could win the return against the Italians, at Wembley. Don Revie was obviously, not hopeful, because he quit at the end of the 1976-77 season. Ron Greenwood took over as caretaker-manager, to see them through the qualifying campaign. England did not concede a goal in their three remaining games, but Italy's 6-1 win against Finland in Turin, three days after England could only score twice in Luxembourg, left them four goals worse off than the Italians.

England played magnificently in beating Italy, 2-0 at Wembley, on 16 November 1977, to finish their fixtures, two points clear, and they now had an identical goal difference to Italy, but frustratingly, it wasn't enough. On 3 December, Italy faced Luxembourg in Rome, and needed only a single-goal victory to eliminate England,  they scored three without reply, and booked their place in Argentina.

 

The Second Phase

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Netherlands 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 5
Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 =0 3
West Germany 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2
Austria 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4 2

14 June 1978 - both 1:45pm ART
Netherlands 5 Austria 1 [3-0]
Estadio Córdoba, Chateau Carreras, Córdoba (25,050)
Brandts, Rensenbrink (pen), Rep (2), W.van de Kerkhof
Obermayer
Italy 0 West Germany 0 [0-0]
Estadio Monumental, Núñez, Buenos Aires (67,547)
 
18 June 1978 - both 4:45pm ART
Netherlands 2 West Germany 2 [1-1]
Estadio Córdoba, Chateau Carreras, Córdoba (40,750)
Haan, R.van de Kerkhof
Abramczik, D.Müller
Nanninga
Italy 1 Austria 0 [1-0]
Estadio Monumental, Núñez, Buenos Aires (66,695)
Rossi
21 June 1978 - both 1:45pm ART
Austria 3 West Germany 2 [0-1]
Estadio Córdoba, Chateau Carreras, Córdoba (38,318)
Vogts OG, Krankl (2)
Rummenigge, Hölzenbein
Netherlands 2 Italy 1 [0-1]
Estadio Monumental, Núñez, Buenos Aires (67,433)
Brandts, Haan
Brandts OG
Group A
Group B
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Argentina 3 2 1 0 8 0 +8 5
Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 1 =0 5
Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 2
Peru 3 0 0 3 0 10 -10 0

14 June 1978
4:45pm ART - Brazil 3 Peru 0 [2-0]
Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Parque General San Martín, Mendoza (31,278)
Dirceu (2), Zico (pen)
7:15pm ART - Argentina 2 Poland 0 [1-0]
Estadio Dr. Lisandro de la Torre, Rosario (37,091)
Kempes (2)
18 June 1978
1:45pm ART - Poland 1 Peru 0 [0-0]
Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Parque General San Martín, Mendoza (35,288)
Szarmach
7:15pm ART - Argentina 0 Brazil 0 [0-0]
Estadio Dr. Lisandro de la Torre, Rosario (37,326)
 
21 June 1978
4:45pm ART - Brazil 3 Poland 1 [1-1]
Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Parque General San Martín, Mendoza (39,586)
Nelinho, Roberto Dinamite (2)
Lato
7:15pm ART - Argentina 6 Peru 0 [2-0]
Estadio Dr. Lisandro de la Torre, Rosario (37,315)
Kempes (2), Tarantini, Luque (2), Houseman

Third Place Play off

24 June 1978 - 3:00pm ART
Brazil 2 Italy 1 [0-1]
Estadio Monumental, Núñez, Buenos Aires (69,659)
Nelinho, Dirceu
Causio

 

The 1978 Final

25 June 1978 - 3:15pm ART
Argentina 3 Netherlands 1 [1-0] AET
Estadio Monumental, Núñez, Buenos Aires (71,483)
Kempes (2), Bertoni
Nanninga

 

CG/GI