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Group 3 of the 1978 FIFA World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The group consisted of Brazil, Austria, Spain and Sweden.

For their come back, since 1958, Austrian players retrieved a part of their past glory. They win the group before an astonished Brazil. "Auriverdes" who scored only two goals are thrilling until the end of the third game. An Austrian equalizer could send Spain to the next round.

Finally, Brazilians clinches the second place to reach the second round where they must played against Argentinians hosts and Peruvians in a "Latin American coloured group".

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Austria 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4 Advance to second round
2   Brazil 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
3   Spain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
4   Sweden 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Source: FIFA

MatchesEdit

Austria vs SpainEdit

Austria  2–1  Spain
Schachner   10'
Krankl   76'
Report Dani   21'
Attendance: 40,841
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
GK 1 Friedrich Koncilia
DF 2 Robert Sara (c)
DF 3 Erich Obermayer
DF 4 Gerhard Breitenberger
DF 5 Bruno Pezzey
MF 7 Josef Hickersberger   67'
MF 8 Herbert Prohaska
MF 10 Willi Kreuz
MF 11 Kurt Jara
FW 9 Hans Krankl
FW 18 Walter Schachner   80'
Substitutions:
DF 15 Heribert Weber   67'
FW 19 Hans Pirkner   80'
Manager:
Helmut Senekowitsch
GK 13 Miguel Ángel
DF 2 Toño
DF 4 Asensi
DF 5 Migueli
DF 18 Pirri (c)
MF 11 Cardeñosa   46'
MF 17 Marcelino
MF 21 Isidoro San José
FW 7 Dani
FW 19 Carles Rexach   60'
FW 20 Rubén Cano
Substitutions:
MF 14 Leal   46'
FW 9 Quini   60'
Manager:
Ladislao Kubala

Brazil vs SwedenEdit

Brazil  1–1  Sweden
Reinaldo   45' Report Sjöberg   37'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sweden
GK 1 Leão
DF 2 Toninho
DF 3 Oscar   87'
DF 4 Amaral
DF 6 Edinho
MF 5 Toninho Cerezo   80'
MF 17 Batista
MF 18 Gil   68'
FW 8 Zico
FW 9 Reinaldo
FW 10 Rivelino
Substitutions:
DF 13 Nelinho   68'
MF 11 Dirceu   80'
Manager:
Cláudio Coutinho
GK 1 Ronnie Hellström
DF 2 Hasse Borg
DF 3 Roy Andersson
DF 4 Björn Nordqvist
DF 5 Ingemar Erlandsson
MF 6 Staffan Tapper
MF 7 Anders Linderoth
MF 8 Bo Larsson
MF 9 Lennart Larsson   79'
FW 10 Thomas Sjöberg
FW 11 Benny Wendt   74'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Ralf Edström   79'
Manager:
Georg Ericson

Austria vs SwedenEdit

Austria  1–0  Sweden
Krankl   42' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 41,424
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sweden
GK 1 Friedrich Koncilia
DF 2 Robert Sara (c)
DF 3 Erich Obermayer
DF 4 Gerhard Breitenberger
DF 5 Bruno Pezzey
MF 7 Josef Hickersberger
MF 8 Herbert Prohaska
MF 10 Willi Kreuz
MF 11 Kurt Jara
FW 9 Hans Krankl
FW 12 Eddy Krieger   71'
Substitutions:
DF 15 Heribert Weber   71'
Manager:
Helmut Senekowitsch
GK 1 Ronnie Hellström
DF 2 Hasse Borg
DF 3 Roy Andersson
DF 4 Björn Nordqvist
DF 5 Ingemar Erlandsson
MF 6 Staffan Tapper   36'
MF 7 Anders Linderoth   60'
MF 8 Bo Larsson
MF 9 Lennart Larsson
FW 10 Thomas Sjöberg
FW 11 Benny Wendt
Substitutions:
GK 16 Conny Torstensson   36'
FW 22 Ralf Edström   60'
Manager:
Georg Ericson

Brazil vs SpainEdit

Brazil  0–0  Spain
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
GK 1 Leão
DF 2 Toninho
DF 3 Oscar
DF 4 Amaral
DF 13 Nelinho   69'
MF 5 Toninho Cerezo
MF 6 Edinho
MF 11 Dirceu
MF 17 Batista
FW 8 Zico   83'
FW 9 Reinaldo
Substitutions:
MF 18 Gil   69'
MF 19 Mendonça   83'
Manager:
Cláudio Coutinho
GK 13 Miguel Ángel
DF 3 Uría   79'
DF 4 Asensi
DF 5 Migueli   51'
DF 16 Olmo
MF 11 Cardeñosa
MF 14 Leal   60'
MF 17 Marcelino
MF 21 Isidoro San José
FW 8 Juanito
FW 10 Santillana
Substitutions:
DF 6 Biosca   51'
MF 12 Guzmán   79'
Manager:
Ladislao Kubala

Spain vs SwedenEdit

Spain  1–0  Sweden
Asensi   75' Report
Attendance: 42,132
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sweden
GK 13 Miguel Ángel
DF 3 Uría
DF 4 Asensi
DF 6 Biosca
DF 16 Olmo   45'
MF 11 Cardeñosa
MF 14 Leal
MF 17 Marcelino
MF 21 Isidoro San José
FW 8 Juanito
FW 10 Santillana
Substitutions:
DF 18 Pirri   45'
Manager:
Ladislao Kubala
GK 1 Ronnie Hellström
DF 2 Hasse Borg   39'
DF 3 Roy Andersson
DF 4 Björn Nordqvist
DF 5 Ingemar Erlandsson
MF 8 Bo Larsson
MF 9 Lennart Larsson
MF 18 Olle Nordin
FW 10 Thomas Sjöberg   67'
FW 15 Torbjörn Nilsson
FW 22 Ralf Edström   60'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Benny Wendt   60'
FW 7 Anders Linderoth   67'
Manager:
Georg Ericson

Brazil vs AustriaEdit

Brazil  1–0  Austria
Roberto Dinamite   40' Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Austria
GK 1 Leão
DF 2 Toninho
DF 3 Oscar
DF 4 Amaral
MF 5 Toninho Cerezo   71'
MF 11 Dirceu
MF 16 Rodrigues Neto
MF 17 Batista
MF 19 Mendonça   84'
MF 18 Gil
FW 20 Roberto Dinamite
Substitutions:
MF 21 Chicão   71'
FW 8 Zico   84'
Manager:
Cláudio Coutinho
GK 1 Friedrich Koncilia
DF 2 Robert Sara (c)
DF 3 Erich Obermayer
DF 4 Gerhard Breitenberger
DF 5 Bruno Pezzey
MF 7 Josef Hickersberger   61'
MF 8 Herbert Prohaska
MF 10 Willi Kreuz
MF 11 Kurt Jara
FW 9 Hans Krankl
FW 12 Eddy Krieger   84'
Substitutions:
DF 15 Heribert Weber   61'
MF 13 Günther Happich   84'
Manager:
Helmut Senekowitsch

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