After the other four years, the World Cup came to Argentina for the first time. The Cup was won by the host country, beating the magnificent team of the Netherlands. The Dutch national team has never been in the first place. What’s more, for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 he failed to even qualify.
It was the first World Cup in which more than one hundred teams participated and the last in having only sixteen teams in the final phase. The 1978 World Cup was held in six stadiums located in five cities. The largest stadium, El Monumental de Buenos Aires, was the venue for nine matches including the final match.
The first surprises occurred already in the group stage. The selection of Peru advanced to the Netherlands in group 4, and in group 3 the team of Austria overtook Brazil.
However, in the second round of the group stage, Austria was last, while in group A, the first place was occupied by the Netherlands team to get two points more than Italy. In group B, Argentina got 5 points, just like Brazil. The dramatic last day in this quartet so far does not stop arouse great interest and enthusiasm among the fans.
In the final match they faced Argentina and the Netherlands. The match was held on June 25, 1978. The Argentine team managed to defeat their opponent in extra time after drawing 1-1 in regulation time. The Dutch national team was so disappointed by the defeat that it did not attend the award ceremony. Mario Kempes with 6 goals was the scorer of the tournament. It was a team of stars that remained in the story. It would be even more interesting if he had the promising forward who at that time was only 17 years old, Diego Maradona.
World 1978. Final
Argentina – The Netherlands
Argentina: Ubaldo Fillol, Jorge Olguin, Luis Galvan, Daniel Passarella (C), Alberto Tarantini, Americo Gallego, Osvaldo Ardiles, Mario Kempes, Daniel Bertoni, Oscar Alberto Ortiz, Leopoldo Luque (Substitutions: René Houseman, Omar Larrosa). Coach: César Luis Menotti
The Netherlands: Jan Jongbloed, Ruud Krol (C), Wim Jansen, Ernie Brandtsm Jan Poortvliet, Johan Neeskens, Arie Haan, Willy van de Kerkhof, Rene van de Kerkhof, Johnny Rep, Rob Rensenbrink (Substitutions: Dick Nanninga, Wim Suurbier). Coach: Ernst Happel
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Result: 3: 1 (Kempes 38 ‘, Nanninga 82’, Kempes 105 ‘, Bertoni 115’)
June 25, 1978
Monumental Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mario Kempes (Argentina) 6
Rob Rensenbrink (The Netherlands) 5
Teófilo Cubillas (Peru) 5
Leopoldo Luque (Argentina) 4
Hans Krankl (Austria) 4