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FIFA World Cup 1978 Final Group Stage

 

fifa world cup 1978 posterGroup A consisted entirely of European sides while the three South American teams wound up in Group B, virtually ensuring a Europe v South America final. Argentina played their matches in the evening, as they had throughout the tournament so they knew where they stood although this had not proved to be an advantage until the final Group B match. Their extraordinary result against Peru allowed them to overturn Brazil's goal difference advantage and qualify for the final and remains the subject of allegations of corruption. Brazil's coach, Cláudio Coutinho, later declared that his team were the moral champions of the tournament because, unlike Argentina, they had not lost a game.

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1978 Overview | Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Final Group Stage

 

Group A
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Netherlands

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Austria

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Netherlands 5 Austria 1

Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba (25,050)
14 June 1978

The Dutch recorded a comprehensive win against an Austrian team that had been impressive in the first round of group matches.

 

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Italy

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West Germany

Italy 0 West Germany 0

Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires (67,547)
14 June 1978

No goals were scored between these two strong European sides, handing the advantage to the Netherlands.

 

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Netherlands

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West Germany

Netherlands 2 West Germany 2

Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba (40,750)
18 June 1978

In a replay of the 1974 final, West Germany took an early lead. Arle Haan equalised in the 27th minute and in the second half Dieter Müller put West Germany ahead again (70 mins) but René van de Kerkhof made it 2-2 with eight minutes left.

 

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Italy

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Austria

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Italy 1 Austria 0

Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires (66,695)
18 June 1978

A goal by Rossi scored in the 13th minute kept Italy in contention for a place in the final.

 

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Austria

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West Germany

Austria 3 West Germany 2

Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba (38,318)
21 June 1978

In a dramatic match Austria came back to take the lead after Rummenigge scored the opening goal for West Germany in the 19th minute. Bernd Hölzenbein put West Germany back on level terms in the 72nd minute but with three minutes left, Hans Krankl scored his second to rob West Germany of their mathematical chance of appearing in the third place play-off.

 

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Netherlands

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Italy

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Netherlands 2 Italy 1

Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires (67,433)
21 June 1978

The Netherlands fell behind in the 19th minute when their defenders, Ernie Brandts put through his own goal, injuring his own goalkeeper in the process. Brandts redeemed himself in the second half by scoring the equaliser with a fabulous volley. In the 76th minute Arie Haan scored with an astonishing right foot drive from distance and put the Dutch into their second World Cup final.

 

Group B
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Brazil

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Peru

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Brazil 3 Peru 0

Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza (31,278)
14 June 1978

Two first half goals from Dirceu and a penalty converted by Zico in the 72nd minute got Brazil off to the perfect start. Both teams wore white socks, a fact that escaped the FIFA kit police.

 

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Argentina

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Poland

Argentina 2 Poland 0

Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario (37,091)
14 June 1978

Kempes scored once in each half to keep the hosts on course for the final

 

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Poland

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Peru

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Poland 1 Peru 0

Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza (35,288)
18 June 1978

Lato's goal scored on the stroke of half time was enough to give Poland victory and end Peru's prospects.

 

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Argentina

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Brazil

Argentina 0 Brazil 0

Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario (37,326)
18 June 1978

A tense and often violent game ended without a goal being scored.

 

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Brazil

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Poland

Brazil 3 Poland 1

Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza (39,586)
21 June 1978

A convincing victory put Brazil on top of the group but Argentina's match would be played later in the evening.

 

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Argentina

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Peru

Argentina 6 Peru 0

Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario (37,315)
21 June 1978

Argentina went into the match knowing they would need to win by four goals to overturn Brazil's superior goal difference. What followed was one of the most controversial games in the history of the World Cup. It has been alleged that the military government of Argentina offered inducements to the Peruvian government to persuade the team to throw the game. While these allegations have never been proved nor investigated by FIFA, they cast a pall over Argentina's record, which is a shame given the considerable talent of the 1978 team.

 

Third Place Match
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Brazil

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Italy

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Brazil 2 Italy 1

Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires (69,659)
24 June 1978

Brazil recovered from a 1-0 deficit at half-time to take third place.

 

Final
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Argentina

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Netherlands

Argentina 3 Netherlands 1 (after extra time)

Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires (71,483)
25 June 1978

Argentina delayed the kick-off by coming out late and then questioning the legitimacy of a wrist plaster cast worn by René van de Kerkhof. Meanwhile the hostile atmosphere in the stadium built up. Kempes put Argentina ahead in the first half but with eight minutes left Nanninga equalised for the Dutch. In extra time Kempes and Bertoni scored to secure the hosts their first world title. The Dutch refused to attend the post match formalities.

 
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