1978 FIFA World Cup Final

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1978 FIFA World Cup Final
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The Estadio Monumental held the final
Event 1978 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Date 25 June 1978
Venue Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Referee Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Attendance 71,483
1974
1982

The 1978 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match played to determine the winner of the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The match was contested by hosts Argentina and the Netherlands. The match was won by the Argentines in extra time by a score of 3–1. Mario Kempes, who finished as the tournament's top scorer, was named the man of the match. The Netherlands lost their second World Cup final in a row, both times to the host nation, after losing to West Germany in 1974.

Match summary[edit]

The start of the final was mired in some controversy, as the Dutch accused the Argentines of using stalling tactics to delay the match, that allowed tension to build in front of a hostile Buenos Aires crowd. In the first instance, the host team came out five minutes later after the audience was whipped into a frenzy. The Argentines also questioned the legality of a plaster cast on René van de Kerkhof's wrist, despite him having worn it in earlier games without objections which caused the Dutch to threaten to walk off the pitch. Ending up the Italian referee Sergio Gonella upheld the complaints and forced van de Kerkhof to apply extra bandage.[1][2][3] The Netherlands refused to attend the post-match ceremonies after the match ended.[4]

The Italian referee Sergio Gonella failed to control the match, and most of his decisions in 50-50 situations favored the Argentines. His appointment was also controversial, as Netherlands had defeated his country Italy in the previous match which decided which team would advance to the final.[5][6]

Western and European commentators noted that Argentina's football World Cup win was massive propaganda coup for Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla and other junta chiefs, that set back international efforts to expose the growing number of murdered victims.[7][8][9]

Route to the final[edit]

Argentina Round Netherlands
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
 Hungary 2–1 Match 1  Iran 3–0
 France 2–1 Match 2  Peru 0–0
 Italy 0–1 Match 3  Scotland 2–3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 6
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 4
 France 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
 Hungary 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Peru 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 5
 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 3
 Scotland 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 3
 Iran 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
Opponent Result Second round Opponent Result
 Poland 2–0 Match 1  Austria 5–1
 Brazil 0–0 Match 2  West Germany 2–2
 Peru 6–0 Match 2  Italy 2–1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 2 1 0 8 0 +8 5
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 2
 Peru 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA 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

Match details[edit]

25 June 1978
15:00 UTC−3
Argentina  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
Kempes Goal 38'105'
Bertoni Goal 115'
Report Nanninga Goal 82'
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,483
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Argentina
Netherlands
GK 5 Ubaldo Fillol
RB 15 Jorge Olguín
CB 7 Luis Galván
CB 19 Daniel Passarella (c)
LB 20 Alberto Tarantini
DM 6 Américo Gallego
CM 2 Osvaldo Ardiles Booked 40' Substituted off 66'
AM 10 Mario Kempes
RW 4 Daniel Bertoni
LW 16 Oscar Alberto Ortiz Substituted off 75'
CF 14 Leopoldo Luque
Substitutes:
MF 1 Norberto Alonso
GK 3 Héctor Baley
MF 8 Rubén Galván
MF 9 René Houseman Substituted in 75'
MF 12 Omar Larrosa Booked 93' Substituted in 66'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
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GK 8 Jan Jongbloed
SW 5 Ruud Krol (c) Booked 15'
RB 6 Wim Jansen Substituted off 75'
CB 22 Ernie Brandts
LB 2 Jan Poortvliet Booked 96'
RM 13 Johan Neeskens
CM 9 Arie Haan
LM 11 Willy van de Kerkhof
RF 10 René van de Kerkhof
CF 16 Johnny Rep Substituted off 58'
LF 12 Rob Rensenbrink
Substitutes:
DF 4 Adrie van Kraay
DF 17 Wim Rijsbergen
FW 18 Dick Nanninga Substituted in 58'
GK 19 Pim Doesburg
DF 20 Wim Suurbier Booked 94' Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Austria Ernst Happel

Assistant referees:
Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)
Erich Linemayr (Austria)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if scores level
  • Replay on 27 June if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, maximum of two used

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2 goal Kempes sinks the Dutch". Glasgow Herald (Page 23). 26 June 1978. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Where are they now: Argentina 1978". Goal.com. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The story of the 1978 World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  4. ^ CNN/SI - World Cup France '98 - The Netherlands pay back controversial loss to Argentina - Saturday July 04, 1998 03:33 PM
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "The story of the 1978 World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "The story of the 1978 World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  9. ^ [3]

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