1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the South American Zone (CONMEBOL). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams entered the competition. The South American zone was allocated 3.5 places (out of 16) in the final tournament. Argentina, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 2.5 spots open for competition between 9 teams.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 9 teams were divided into 3 groups of 3 teams each. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams would play against each other once in a neutral venue. The group winner and runner-up would qualify. The third-placed team would advance to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

First roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Brazil 6 4 2 2 0 8 1 +7
2   Paraguay 4 4 1 2 1 3 3 0
3   Colombia 2 4 0 2 2 1 8 −7
20 February 1977 Colombia  0 – 0  BrazilBogota, Colombia
Referee: Comesaña (Argentina)

24 February 1977 Colombia  0 – 1  ParaguayBogota, Colombia
Jara   26' Referee: Orozco Guerrero (Peru)

6 March 1977 Paraguay  1 – 1  ColombiaAsuncion, Paraguay
Jara   90' Vilarete   58' Referee: Cerullo Giuliano (Uruguay)

9 March 1977 Brazil  6 – 0  ColombiaRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto   15'31'
Zico   25'
Marinho   41'55'
Rivellino   85'
Referee: Coerezza (Argentina)

13 March 1977 Paraguay  0 – 1  BrazilAsuncion, Paraguay
Insfrán   59' (o.g.) Referee: Pestarino (Argentina)

20 March 1977 Brazil  1 – 1  ParaguayRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto   6' (pen.) Báez   54' Referee: Barreto Ruiz (Uruguay)

Brazil advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Bolivia 7 4 3 1 0 8 3 +5
2   Uruguay 4 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1
3   Venezuela 1 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6
9 February 1977 Venezuela  1 – 1  UruguayCaracas, Venezuela
Flores   88' Oliveira   5' Referee: Ramirez (Colombia)

27 February 1977 Bolivia  1 – 0  UruguayLa Paz, Bolivia
Jiménez   48' Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)

6 March 1977 Venezuela  1 – 3  BoliviaCaracas, Venezuela
Iriarte   86' Mezza   5'
Jiménez   76'
Aguilar   80'
Referee: Silvagno Cavanna (Chile)

13 March 1977 Bolivia  2 – 0  VenezuelaLa Paz, Bolivia
Jiménez   17'
Aragonés   53'
Referee: Pérez Nuñez (Peru)

17 March 1977 Uruguay  2 – 0  VenezuelaMontevideo, Uruguay
Pizzani   11'83' Referee: Marques (Brazil)

27 March 1977 Uruguay  2 – 2  BoliviaMontevideo, Uruguay
Pereyra   23'49' Aguilar   25'59' Referee: Ithurralde (Argentina)

Bolivia advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Peru 6 4 2 2 0 8 2 +6
2   Chile 5 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
3   Ecuador 1 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8
20 February 1977 Ecuador  1 – 1  PeruQuito, Ecuador
Paz y Miño   81' Oblitas   43' Referee: Rohrig (Brazil)

27 February 1977 Ecuador  0 – 1  ChileGuayaquil, Ecuador
Gamboa   33' Referee: Romero (Argentina)

6 March 1977 Chile  1 – 1  PeruSantiago, Chile
Ahumada   42' Muñante   70' Referee: Faville Neto (Brazil)

12 March 1977 Peru  4 – 0  EcuadorLima, Peru
José Velásquez]   19'
Oblitas   48'50'
Luces   63'
Referee: Barrancos Alvarez (Bolivia)

20 March 1977 Chile  3 – 0  EcuadorSantiago, Chile
Figueroa   29'55'
Castro   40'
Referee: Llobregat Vicedo (Venezuela)

26 March 1977 Peru  2 – 0  ChileLima, Peru
Sotil   49'
Oblitas   54'
Referee: Coelho (Brazil)

Peru advanced to the Final Round.

Final roundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Brazil 4 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9
2   Peru 2 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4
3   Bolivia 0 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13
10 July 1977 Brazil  1 – 0  PeruCali, Colombia
Gil   53' Referee: Comesana (Argentina)

14 July 1977 Brazil  8 – 0  BoliviaCali, Colombia
Zico   5'10'27' (pen.)60'
Roberto   22'
Gil   54'
Cerezo   70'
Marcelo   89'
Referee: Cavanna (Chile)

17 July 1977 Peru  5 – 0  BoliviaCali, Colombia
Cubillas   31'44'
José Velásquez   65'89'
Rojas   74'
Referee: Barreto Ruiz (Uruguay)

Brazil and Peru qualified. Bolivia advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hungary   9–2   Bolivia 6–0 3–2

GoalscorersEdit

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

See alsoEdit

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