1978 FIFA World Cup Group 4

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Group 4 of the 1978 FIFA World Cup began on 3 June and ended on 11 June 1978. The group consisted of Iran, Netherlands, Peru, and Scotland.

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


The Scotland team had qualified for the World Cup Finals for the second time in succession; once again the sole representatives from the United Kingdom. Scotland had done well to qualify from a group containing the UEFA Euro 1976 winners Czechoslovakia and Wales. The Scotland manager Ally MacLeod, whose managerial career had not been outstanding, had outlandishly but successfully talked up the team’s chances, capturing an outgrowth of public confidence which welcomed success after years of under-achievement, to the extent that tens of thousands of the famous Tartan Army had seen the team off in a farewell parade at Hampden Park.

That Scotland had strength in talent was indisputable. They had been fairly successful on a South American tour in 1977 (drawing with the Argentinians at La Bombonera), and their squad contained exceptional players. Midfielder Kenny Burns had been named the English League’s Player of the Year, John Robertson, a fellow club-mate at Nottingham Forest was a highly regarded winger. Liverpool, European Champions for the second year running, provided both Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish. In midfield McLeod had a fair pick of Asa Hartford, Don Masson. Bruce Rioch, Archie Gemmill. Derek Johnstone had scored 40 goals at Glasgow Rangers that season. From Manchester United, McLeod selected Joe Jordan and, club captain, Martin Buchan. But McLeod had disadvantaged himself failing to select Andy Gray (Aston Villa’s 29-goal forward) yet permitting Gordon McQueen to join the squad, despite being injured.

In his book ‘Behind the Dream’ Jordan wrote (p. 161): “that great welling of national passion was extraordinary to see and you had to wonder what bed Ally was making for himself by saying that we were going to win the World Cup, especially when you thought of all the European teams who had gone to South America without success”.

Peru vs Scotland[edit]

Scotland arrived at an inferior training ground Alta Gracia and played their first match against Peru. Despite having Andy Roxburgh as a technical officer, McLeod had failed to take into consideration the strengths of the opposition, particularly those of Oblitas and Muñante, choosing to play Buchan in the role previously filled by the suspended Donachie and to leave Souness on the bench.

Scotland appeared to be on course when after 14 minutes Jordan snapped up a chance from Quiroga’s parry after Rioch had shot on the edge of the area. The opportunity to extend this lead however did not arise as Peru came more into the game. On the stroke of half-time, Cubillas passed to Cueto who equalised beyond Alan Rough.

Just after the hour mark, Scotland had a great chance to regain their lead. Rioch had been fouled and Don Masson, whose penalty against Wales in the final qualifying match had secured Scotland’s place in Argentina, placed the ball on the spot. His shot, to Quiroga’s left, was tame and waist high and was easily diverted away by the Peruvian goalkeeper. Peru needed no further invitation to take control and in the 72nd minute Peru, awarded a free-kick to the right of the area, took the lead when Cubillas stroked a wonderful shot with the outside of his right foot past Alan Rough. Five minutes later, Cubillas extended the lead, rifling a shot to Rough’s right from just outside the box.

The defeat was traumatic, made more so by Willie Johnston’s positive drug test after the game.

3 June 1978
Peru  3 – 1  Scotland
Cueto Goal 43'
Cubillas Goal 71', Goal 77'
Report Jordan Goal 14'
Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 37,927
Referee: Ulf Eriksson (Sweden)
GK 21 Ramón Quiroga
DF 2 Jaime Duarte
DF 3 Rodolfo Manzo
DF 4 Héctor Chumpitaz (c)
DF 5 Toribio Díaz
MF 6 José Velásquez YC 19'
FW 7 Juan Muñante
MF 8 César Cueto Substituted off 82'
MF 10 Teófilo Cubillas
FW 11 Juan Oblitas
FW 19 Guillermo La Rosa Substituted off 62'
GK 1 Ottorino Sartor
MF 9 Percy Rojas Substituted in 82'
DF 14 José Navarro
MF 15 Germán Leguía
FW 20 Hugo Sotil Substituted in 62'
Peru Marcos Calderón
GK 1 Alan Rough
DF 4 Martin Buchan
DF 13 Stuart Kennedy
DF 14 Tom Forsyth
DF 22 Kenny Burns
MF 6 Bruce Rioch (c) Substituted off 75'
MF 7 Don Masson Substituted off 75'
MF 10 Asa Hartford
MF 11 Willie Johnston
FW 8 Kenny Dalglish
FW 9 Joe Jordan
DF 2 Sandy Jardine
MF 15 Archie Gemmill Substituted in 75'
MF 16 Lou Macari Substituted in 75'
FW 19 John Robertson
GK 20 Bobby Clark
Scotland Ally MacLeod

Assistant referees:
Ethiopia Tesfaye Gebreyesus
Spain Angel Franco Martinez

Netherlands vs Iran[edit]

3 June 1978
16:45 ART
Netherlands  3–0  Iran
Rensenbrink Goal 40' (pen.)62'78' (pen.) Report

Scotland vs Iran[edit]

7 June 1978
16:45 ART
Scotland  1–1  Iran
Eskandarian Goal 43' (o.g.) Report Danaeifard Goal 60'

Netherlands vs Peru[edit]

7 June 1978
16:45 ART
Netherlands  0–0  Peru

Peru vs Iran[edit]

11 June 1978
16:45 ART
Peru  4–1  Iran
Velásquez Goal 2'
Cubillas Goal 36' (pen.)39' (pen.)79'
Report Rowshan Goal 41'
Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 21,262
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)

Scotland vs Netherlands[edit]

11 June 1978
16:45 ART
Scotland  3–2  Netherlands
Dalglish Goal 44'
Gemmill Goal 46' (pen.)68'
Report Rensenbrink Goal 34' (pen.)
Rep Goal 71'