1978 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

Group 2 consisted of four of the 32 teams entered into the European zone:[1] England, Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg. These four teams competed on a home-and-away basis for one of the 8.5 spots in the final tournament allocated to the European zone, with the group's winner claiming the spot.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Italy 6 5 0 1 18 4 +14 10
2   England 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11 10
3   Finland 6 2 0 4 11 16 −5 4
4   Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 2 22 −20 0

MatchesEdit

13 June 1976 Finland   1 – 4   England Helsinki, Finland
Paatelainen   27' Report Pearson   14'
Keegan   30', 60'
Channon   56'
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Alfred Delcourt (Belgium)

22 September 1976 Finland   7 – 1   Luxembourg Helsinki, Finland
A. Heiskanen   15'
E. Heiskanen   22', 27'
Rissanen   51', 61'
Heikkinen   54'
Mäkynen   82' (pen.)
Report G. Zender   52' Referee: Thime (Norway)

13 October 1976 England   2 – 1   Finland London, England
Tueart   4'
Royle   51'
Report Nieminen   48' Referee: Eriksson (Sweden)

16 October 1976 Luxembourg   1 – 4   Italy Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Braun   86' Report Graziani   24'
Bettega   44', 81'
Antognoni   50'
Referee: Dörflinger (Switzerland)

17 November 1976 Italy   2 – 0   England Rome, Italy
Antognoni   36'
Bettega   77'
Report Referee: Klein (Israel)

30 March 1977 England   5 – 0   Luxembourg London, England
Keegan   9'
T. Francis   58'
Kennedy   65'
Channon   68', 79' (pen.)
Report Referee: Bonett (Malta)

26 May 1977 Luxembourg   0 – 1   Finland Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Report A. Heiskanen   57' Referee: Amundsen (Denmark)

8 June 1977 Finland   0 – 3   Italy Helsinki, Finland
Report Gentile   8'
Bettega   56'
Benetti   81'
Referee: Helies (France)

12 October 1977 Luxembourg   0 – 2   England Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Report Kennedy   31'
Mariner   90'
Referee: Jarguz (Poland)

15 October 1977 Italy   6 – 1   Finland Turin, Italy
Bettega   29', 38', 59', 62'
Graziani   45'
Zaccarelli   71'
Report Haaskivi   67' Referee: Dudin (Bulgaria)

16 November 1977 England   2 – 0   Italy London, England
Keegan   11'
Brooking   80'
Report Referee: Palotai (Hungary)

3 December 1977 Italy   3 – 0   Luxembourg Rome, Italy
Bettega   4'
Graziani   11'
Causio   56'
Report Referee: Maksimović (Yugoslavia)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Only 31 of the entered teams actually competed in the qualification tournament: West Germany qualified for the World Cup automatically as defending champions.

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