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1978 FIFA World Cup Group 1

Group 1 of the 1978 FIFA World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on 2 June and its last matches were played on 10 June. All six group matches were played either at Estadio José María Minella in Mar del Plata, or Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires. The group consisted of Argentina (the host of the tournament) as well as Italy, France and Hungary.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Italy 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 6 Advance to second round
2   Argentina 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 4
3   France 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
4   Hungary 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Source: FIFA

MatchesEdit

Italy vs FranceEdit

The first game of the 1978 FIFA World Cup pitted Italy against France. Italy were favored to win but had been victims of plenty of dull and unexciting performances leading up, while a rejuvenated French team were making their first appearance since the 1966 world cup. The first goal came with under a minute as goalkeeper Bertrand-Demanes passed the ball to Didier Six who ran down the entire length of the pitch before delivering a good cross that Bernard Lacombe headed past Dino Zoff. Italy controlled the rest of the match and equalized half way through the first half when after the ball pinged around the area it glanced off the unsuspecting Paolo Rossi and into the goal. It would be the first of 9 goals Rossi would score at the finals. Shortly after the beginning of the second half substitute Renato Zaccarelli's shot went in. The Italians saw out the rest of the match, which saw little chances except for Maxime Bossis's shot that flew just wide of Zoff's post. Despite it being an unremarkable match it featured the emergence of two teams that would dazzle the world four years later at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Italy  2–1  France
Rossi   29'
Zaccarelli   54'
Report Lacombe   1'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 2 Mauro Bellugi
DF 3 Antonio Cabrini
DF 5 Claudio Gentile
DF 8 Gaetano Scirea
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni   46'
MF 10 Romeo Benetti
MF 14 Marco Tardelli   35'
MF 16 Franco Causio
CF 18 Roberto Bettega
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
MF 15 Renato Zaccarelli   46'
Manager:
Enzo Bearzot
GK 21 Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes
DF 3 Maxime Bossis
DF 4 Gerard Janvion
DF 7 Patrice Rio
DF 8 Marius Tresor (c)
MF 10 Jean-Marc Guillou
MF 11 Henri Michel   81'
MF 15 Michel Platini   60'
FW 16 Christian Dalger
FW 17 Bernard Lacombe   74'
FW 19 Didier Six   76'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Marc Berdoll   74'
FW 20 Olivier Rouyer   76'
Manager:
Michel Hidalgo

Argentina vs HungaryEdit

Argentina  2–1  Hungary
Luque   14'
Bertoni   83'
Report Csapó   9'
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,615
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hungary
GK 5 Ubaldo Fillol
RB 15 Jorge Olguín
CB 7 Luis Galván
CB 19 Daniel Passarella (c)   77'
LB 20 Alberto Tarantini
DM 6 Américo Gallego
CM 2 Osvaldo Ardiles
AM 10 Mario Kempes
FW 21 José Daniel Valencia   75'
CF 14 Leopoldo Luque
FW 9 René Houseman   67'
Substitutions:
FW 4 Daniel Bertoni   67'
AM 1 Norberto Alonso   75'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
GK 1 Sándor Gujdár
DF 2 Péter Török   46'
DF 3 István Kocsis
DF 6 Zoltán Kereki (c)
DF 4 József Tóth
MF 5 Sándor Zombori
MF 18 László Nagy
MF 13 Károly Csapó
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 8 Tibor Nyilasi   21'   89'
FW 9 András Törőcsik   48'   88'
Substitutions:
DF 12 Győző Martos   46'
Manager:
Lajos Baróti

Italy vs HungaryEdit

Italy once again had an uncertain start against Hungary in their second group game and appeared nervy early on, and Hungary had several good chances to score. But just after the half-hour mark Paolo Rossi made it two goals in two games by firing home after a shot had deflected into his path. Just a minute later Roberto Bettega took advantage of some poor defending to make it two goals in two minutes. Mid way through the second half Romeo Benetti fired in a superb shot and Italy had the victory all but secure. It could have been so much more as the Italians hit the crossbar a total of three times in the game. Late on Hungary won a penalty kick, which was dispatched by substitute András Tóth but it was just consolation as Hungary were eliminated and Italy confirmed their spot in the second round.

Italy  3–1  Hungary
Rossi   34'
Bettega   35'
Benetti   61'
Report A. Tóth   81' (pen.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hungary
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 2 Mauro Bellugi
DF 3 Antonio Cabrini   79'
DF 5 Claudio Gentile
DF 8 Gaetano Scirea
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni
MF 10 Romeo Benetti
MF 14 Marco Tardelli
MF 16 Franco Causio
CF 18 Roberto Bettega   84'
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
MF 4 Antonello Cuccureddu   79'
FW 19 Francesco Graziani   84'
Manager:
Enzo Bearzot
GK 21 Ferenc Mészáros
DF 3 István Kocsis
DF 6 Zoltán Kereki (c)
DF 4 József Tóth
DF 12 Győző Martos   64'
MF 5 Sándor Zombori   26'
MF 18 László Nagy   46'
MF 13 Károly Csapó
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 7 László Fazekas   46'
FW 17 László Pusztai
Substitutions:
MF 16 István Halász   46'
FW 19 András Tóth   46'
Manager:
Lajos Baróti

Argentina vs FranceEdit

Argentina  2–1  France
Passarella   45' (pen.)
Luque   73'
Report Platini   60'
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,666
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
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
AM 10 Mario Kempes
CF 14 Leopoldo Luque
WF 9 René Houseman
WF 21 José Daniel Valencia   64'
Substitutions:
AM 1 Norberto Alonso   64'   71'
WF 16 Oscar Ortiz   71'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
GK 21 Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes   55'
DF 3 Maxime Bossis
DF 6 Christian Lopez
DF 8 Marius Tresor (c)
DF 9 Dominique Bathenay
DF 2 Patrick Battiston
MF 11 Henri Michel
MF 15 Michel Platini
FW 18 Dominique Rocheteau
FW 17 Bernard Lacombe
FW 19 Didier Six   88'
Substitutions:
GK 1 Dominique Baratelli   55'
Manager:
Michel Hidalgo

France vs HungaryEdit

Both teams arrived to the match with white shirts, and France was forced to borrow green-striped shirts from local club Kimberley de Mar del Plata.[1]

France  3–1  Hungary
Lopez   23'
Berdoll   38'
Rocheteau   42'
Report Zombori   41'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hungary
GK 22 Dominique Dropsy
DF 4 Gerard Janvion
DF 5 François Bracci
DF 6 Christian Lopez
DF 8 Marius Tresor (c)
MF 9 Dominique Bathenay
MF 12 Claude Papi   46'
MF 13 Jean Petit
MF 14 Marc Berdoll
FW 18 Dominique Rocheteau   75'
FW 20 Olivier Rouyer
Substitutions:
MF 15 Michel Platini   46'
FW 19 Didier Six   75'
Manager:
Michel Hidalgo
GK 1 Sándor Gujdár
DF 4 József Tóth
DF 6 Zoltán Kereki (c)
DF 14 László Bálint
DF 12 Győző Martos
MF 5 Sándor Zombori
MF 18 László Nagy   46'
FW 17 László Pusztai
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 8 Tibor Nyilasi
FW 9 András Törőcsik
Substitutions:
MF 13 Károly Csapó   46'
Manager:
Lajos Baróti

Argentina vs ItalyEdit

Argentina  0–1  Italy
Report Bettega   67'
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,712
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy
GK 5 Ubaldo Fillol
RB 15 Jorge Olguín
CB 7 Luis Galván
CB 19 Daniel Passarella (c)
LB 20 Alberto Tarantini
DF 6 Américo Gallego
CM 2 Osvaldo Ardiles
AM 10 Mario Kempes
WF 21 José Daniel Valencia
CF 4 Daniel Bertoni
WF 16 Oscar Ortiz   72'
Substitutions:
WF 9 René Houseman   72'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 2 Mauro Bellugi   6'
DF 3 Antonio Cabrini
DF 5 Claudio Gentile
DF 8 Gaetano Scirea
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni   73'
MF 10 Romeo Benetti   60'
MF 14 Marco Tardelli
MF 16 Franco Causio
CF 18 Roberto Bettega
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
MF 4 Antonello Cuccureddu   6'
MF 15 Renato Zaccarelli   73'
Manager:
Enzo Bearzot

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Cup kits through the ages". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2018.