1978 FIFA World Cup Final

1978 FIFA World Cup Final

The Estadio Monumental held the final
Event 1978 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Date 25 June 1978
Venue Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Referee Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Attendance 71,483

The 1978 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match played to determine the winner of the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The match was contested by hosts Argentina and the Netherlands, in the biggest stadium used in the tournament and in Argentina, the Estadio Monumental in the Argentine capital city of Buenos Aires. The match was won by the Argentine squad in extra time by a score of 31. Mario Kempes, who finished as the tournament's top scorer, was named the man of the match. The Netherlands lost their second World Cup final in a row, both times to the host nation, after losing to West Germany in 1974.

Match summary

The start of the final was mired in some controversy, as the Dutch accused the Argentines of using stalling tactics to delay the match, that allowed tension to build in front of a hostile Buenos Aires crowd. In the first instance, the host team came out five minutes later after the audience was whipped into a frenzy. The Argentines also questioned the legality of a plaster cast on René van de Kerkhof's wrist, despite him having worn it in earlier games without objections which caused the Dutch to threaten to walk off the pitch. Ending up the Italian referee Sergio Gonella upheld the complaints and forced van de Kerkhof to apply extra bandage.[1][2][3] The Netherlands refused to attend the post-match ceremonies after the match ended.[4]

Route to the final

Argentina Round Netherlands
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
 Hungary 2–1 Match 1  Iran 3–0
 France 2–1 Match 2  Peru 0–0
 Italy 0–1 Match 3  Scotland 2–3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 330062+46
 Argentina 320143+14
 France 31025502
 Hungary 300338−50
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Peru 321072+55
 Netherlands 311153+23
 Scotland 311156−13
 Iran 301228−61
Opponent Result Second round Opponent Result
 Poland 2–0 Match 1  Austria 5–1
 Brazil 0–0 Match 2  West Germany 2–2
 Peru 6–0 Match 3  Italy 2–1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 321080+85
 Brazil 321061+55
 Poland 310225−32
 Peru 3003010−100
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 321094+55
 Italy 31112203
 West Germany 302145−12
 Austria 310248−42

Match details

25 June 1978
15:00 UTC−3
Argentina  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
Kempes  38', 105'
Bertoni  115'
Report Nanninga  82'
GK 5 Ubaldo Fillol
RB 15Jorge Olguín
CB 7 Luis Galván
CB 19Daniel Passarella (c)
LB 20Alberto Tarantini
DM 6 Américo Gallego
CM 2 Osvaldo Ardiles  40'  66'
AM 10Mario Kempes
RW 4 Daniel Bertoni
LW 16Oscar Alberto Ortiz  75'
CF 14Leopoldo Luque
MF 1 Norberto Alonso
GK 3 Héctor Baley
MF 8 Rubén Galván
MF 9 René Houseman  75'
MF 12Omar Larrosa  93'  66'
César Luis Menotti
GK 8 Jan Jongbloed
SW 5 Ruud Krol (c)  15'
RB 6 Wim Jansen  75'
CB 22Ernie Brandts
LB 2 Jan Poortvliet  96'
RM 13Johan Neeskens
CM 9 Arie Haan
LM 11Willy van de Kerkhof
RF 10René van de Kerkhof
CF 16Johnny Rep  58'
LF 12Rob Rensenbrink
DF 4 Adrie van Kraay
DF 17Wim Rijsbergen
FW 18Dick Nanninga  58'
GK 19Pim Doesburg
DF 20Wim Suurbier  94'  75'
Austria Ernst Happel

Assistant referees:
Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)
Erich Linemayr (Austria)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if scores level
  • Replay on 27 June if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, maximum of two used


  1. "2 goal Kempes sinks the Dutch". Glasgow Herald (Page 23). 26 June 1978. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. "Where are they now: Argentina 1978". Goal.com. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. "The story of the 1978 World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. CNN/SI - World Cup France '98 - The Netherlands pay back controversial loss to Argentina - Saturday July 04, 1998 03:33 PM

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