1978 FIFA World Cup Group 1

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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.

Standings[edit]

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

Matches[edit]

Italy vs France[edit]

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 Goal 29'
Zaccarelli Goal 54'
Report Lacombe Goal 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 Substituted off 46'
MF 10 Romeo Benetti
MF 14 Marco Tardelli Yellow card 35'
MF 16 Franco Causio
CF 18 Roberto Bettega
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
MF 15 Renato Zaccarelli Substituted in 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 Yellow card 81'
MF 15 Michel Platini Yellow card 60'
FW 16 Christian Dalger
FW 17 Bernard Lacombe Substituted off 74'
FW 19 Didier Six Substituted off 76'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Marc Berdoll Substituted in 74'
FW 20 Olivier Rouyer Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Michel Hidalgo

Argentina vs Hungary[edit]

Argentina 2–1 Hungary
Luque Goal 14'
Bertoni Goal 83'
Report Csapó Goal 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) Yellow card 77'
LB 20 Alberto Tarantini
DM 6 Américo Gallego
CM 2 Osvaldo Ardiles
AM 10 Mario Kempes
FW 21 José Daniel Valencia Substituted off 75'
CF 14 Leopoldo Luque
FW 9 René Houseman Substituted off 67'
Substitutions:
FW 4 Daniel Bertoni Substituted in 67'
AM 1 Norberto Alonso Substituted in 75'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
GK 1 Sándor Gujdár
DF 2 Péter Török Substituted off 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 Yellow card 21' Red card 89'
FW 9 András Törőcsik Yellow card 48' Red card 88'
Substitutions:
DF 12 Győző Martos Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Lajos Baróti

Italy vs Hungary[edit]

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 Goal 34'
Bettega Goal 35'
Benetti Goal 61'
Report A. Tóth Goal 81' (pen.)
Italy
Hungary
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 2 Mauro Bellugi
DF 3 Antonio Cabrini Substituted off 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 Substituted off 84'
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
MF 4 Antonello Cuccureddu Substituted in 79'
FW 19 Francesco Graziani Substituted in 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 Yellow card 64'
MF 5 Sándor Zombori Yellow card 26'
MF 18 László Nagy Substituted off 46'
MF 13 Károly Csapó
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 7 László Fazekas Substituted off 46'
FW 17 László Pusztai
Substitutions:
MF 16 István Halász Substituted in 46'
FW 19 András Tóth Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Lajos Baróti

Argentina vs France[edit]

Argentina 2–1 France
Passarella Goal 45' (pen.)
Luque Goal 73'
Report Platini Goal 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 Substituted off 64'
Substitutions:
AM 1 Norberto Alonso Substituted in 64' Substituted off 71'
WF 16 Oscar Ortiz Substituted in 71'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
GK 21 Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes Substituted off 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 Yellow card 88'
Substitutions:
GK 1 Dominique Baratelli Substituted in 55'
Manager:
Michel Hidalgo

France vs Hungary[edit]

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 Goal 23'
Berdoll Goal 38'
Rocheteau Goal 42'
Report Zombori Goal 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 Substituted off 46'
MF 13 Jean Petit
MF 14 Marc Berdoll
FW 18 Dominique Rocheteau Substituted off 75'
FW 20 Olivier Rouyer
Substitutions:
MF 15 Michel Platini Substituted in 46'
FW 19 Didier Six Substituted in 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 Substituted off 46'
FW 17 László Pusztai
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 8 Tibor Nyilasi
FW 9 András Törőcsik
Substitutions:
MF 13 Károly Csapó Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Lajos Baróti

Argentina vs Italy[edit]

Argentina 0–1 Italy
Report Bettega Goal 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 Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
WF 9 René Houseman Substituted in 72'
Manager:
César Luis Menotti
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 2 Mauro Bellugi Substituted off 6'
DF 3 Antonio Cabrini
DF 5 Claudio Gentile
DF 8 Gaetano Scirea
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni Substituted off 73'
MF 10 Romeo Benetti Yellow card 60'
MF 14 Marco Tardelli
MF 16 Franco Causio
CF 18 Roberto Bettega
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
MF 4 Antonello Cuccureddu Substituted in 6'
MF 15 Renato Zaccarelli Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Enzo Bearzot

References[edit]

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