Argentina v Netherlands, 25 June 1978

Score3-1 to Argentina
RefereeSergio Gonella
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Final
VenueEstadio Monumental Antonio Vespuci, Buenos Aires
Attendance71,483
Kick Off: 15:00 Local After Extra Time. 1-1 after 90 minutes 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. The Netherlands refused to attend the post-match ceremonies after the match ended.

3  Argentina

Manager: Cesar Luis Menotti

1  Netherlands

Manager: Ernst Happel

Goals:

Mario Kempes 37 G
Mario Kempes 104 G
Daniel Bertoni 114 G

Goals:

Dick Nanninga 81 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol
Defender Luis Galvan
Defender Jorge Olguin
Midfielder Ossie Ardiles
Midfielder Daniel Bertoni
Midfielder Americo Gallego
Midfielder Oscar Ortiz
Forward Mario Kempes
Forward Leopoldo Luque

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jan Jongbloed
Defender Ernie Brandts
Defender Ruud Krol (captain)
Defender Jan Poortvliet
Midfielder Arie Haan
Midfielder Wim Jansen
Midfielder Johan Neeskens
Forward Rob Rensenbrink
Forward Johnny Rep

Substitutions:

Omar Larrosa for Ossie Ardiles 65
Rene Houseman for Oscar Ortiz 74

Substitutions:

Dick Nanninga for Johnny Rep 58
Wim Suurbier for Wim Jansen 75

Cards:

Ossie Ardiles 40 Y
Omar Larrosa 93 Y

Cards:

Ruud Krol 15 Y
Wim Suurbier 94 Y
Jan Poortvliet 96 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Hector Baley
Midfielder Norberto Alonso
Midfielder Ruben Galvan
Midfielder Omar Larrosa
Forward Rene Houseman

On the bench:

Defender Wim Rijsbergen
Defender Wim Suurbier
Defender Adri van Kraay
Midfielder Dick Nanninga

Comments:

The Netherlands lost their second World Cup final in a row, both times to the host nation, after losing to West Germany in 1974.